Allan Hepburn's Around 1945: Literature, Citizenship, Rights PDF

By Allan Hepburn

close to the top of the second one global battle, new rules approximately citizenship, nationwide identification, belonging, and rights emerged because the atrocities of the struggle – coupled with the shedding of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki – spurred writers and voters world wide to consider their duties to their fellow man.

Covering British authors and modern fiction through migrant writers publishing at mid-century, in addition to a few images from the period, round 1945 is a set of essays that unearths how literary texts and cultural occasions modeled human rights concerns comparable to dignity, freedom, sovereignty, and accountability. Unified by means of an research of the human and cultural features of common rights, those essays express that British writers proven the parameters of citizenship and rights in novelistic shape. through imagining tasks and rights of electorate in hypothetical contexts, those novels improved at the legislated entitlements and responsibilities that make up civic and human id. To this present day the repercussions of 1945 proceed to spread in tales approximately statehood, refugees, humanitarianism, displacement, and nationwide belonging. whilst, novels proceed to visualize the human individual, equivalent in rights and dignity earlier than the legislations, but usually compromised by means of the political exigencies of geographical regions that don't realize criminal, political, or human rights.

Tracing the rippling results of the second one international warfare from 1945 during the chilly warfare and into the current, round 1945 is a very wealthy quantity that might modify our notion of pre- and post-war British literature.

Contributors comprise Nadine Attewell (McMaster), Mitchell C. Brown (Dalhousie), Matthew Hart (Columbia), Janice Ho (Colorado), Emily Hyde (Rowan), Peter Kalliney (Kentucky), Marina MacKay (Oxford), Melanie Micir (Washington, St. Louis), Adam Piette (Sheffield) Claire Seiler (Dickinson College), and Ian Whittington (Mississippi).

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