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Literature of the 1980s: After the Watershed: Volume 9

Joseph Brooker


From the new generation of London novelists, such as Martin Amis and Ian McEwan, to feminism in the writing of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson, this book relates developments in fiction, poetry and drama to social change. The author shows how working-class writers such as James Kelman and Tony Harrison protested against Thatcherism, and explores the voices of Black British writers including Fred D'Aguiar and Hanif Kureishi. As for the theory of the decade, he relates the rise of postmodernism to the popularity of self-conscious modes of writing and other developments in literary theory.

Keywords: London novelists, Black British writers, postmodernism, feminism, self-conscious, literary theory, working-class writers, social change, Thatcherism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633944
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Brooker, author