Contemporary British Fiction and the Cultural Politics of Disenfranchisement

Freedom and the City

Authors: Beaumont, A.

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By examining the representation of urban space in contemporary British fiction, this book argues that key to the political left's strategy was a model of action which folded politics into culture and elevated disenfranchisement to the status of a political principle.

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Alexander Beaumont is Lecturer in English Literature at York St John University, UK.

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“Beaumont ultimately provides a timely, accessible and highly engaging analysis of the battle between left culturalism and Thatcherism, and its subsequent influence on contemporary British literature. … The wide-ranging and interdisciplinary nature of the study ensures the work will be essential reading to cultural theorists and literary researchers alike.” (Kristian Shaw, English Studies, Vol. 97 (7), 2016)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: ‘What We Need Now…’

    Beaumont, Alexander

    Pages 1-25

  • Resistance and Rationalisation: Exile and the Inner Cities in Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion

    Beaumont, Alexander

    Pages 29-57

  • Rave to the Grave: Hanif Kureishi and the Failure of Left Culturalism

    Beaumont, Alexander

    Pages 58-90

  • Politics Is Over: Flexibility and Freedom in J.G. Ballard’s Late Dystopias

    Beaumont, Alexander

    Pages 91-127

  • The New Culture Wars: Neo/liberal Pedagogy in Ian McEwan’s Saturday and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

    Beaumont, Alexander

    Pages 131-169

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary British Fiction and the Cultural Politics of Disenfranchisement
Book Subtitle
Freedom and the City
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39372-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137393722
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39371-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48367-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 239
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