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Culture Wars in British Literature: Multiculturalism and National Identity

by Tracy J. Prince

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American and British Culture was almost mirror-like many, many years ago. Then America branched off into its own thing, but one thing never changed: the lack of cultural acknowledgement. To this day, there are children in America who've never seen an African American in person. Many ask, 'why are blacks in America called African American?' when their families, for generations, were born right here on US soil!? Or get this- black Britons receive no black British history... at all! It's non-existent! What's really happening?

Issues like this is what author Tracy J. Prince addressed, and so much more in her book, Culture Wars in British Literature. This book is filled with amazing information and debates on cultural identity, but not just for blacks and whites, but Chinese, Jewish and other immigrants. She went into explaining the differences between civil rights in America compared to UK, something I'd always believed to be identical. This book blew my mind, allowing me to transform my ignorance into understanding...
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  AReneeHunt | Jul 12, 2016 |
It is precisely in its analysis of this 'Anglo centeredness' and its sensitive treatment of the many other voices that comprise modern British writing that this book's strengh lies. We have no hesitation in recommending 'Culture Wars in British Literature' to anyone with an interest in the complexities of modern British culture and in particular the difficulty of establishing a separate and distinct Anglo-Welsh identity within the mainstream.
added by TracyJPrince | editAmeriCymru, Ceri Shaw (Mar 18, 2013)
Tracy Prince's book brings an impressive set of voices into dialogue on the complexity of community-building and national identity--analyzing important aspects of British culture which are not fully represented in anthologies or literary histories.
added by TracyJPrince | editR. Victoria Arana, Professor of English, Howard University
Writing with great lucidity and welcome originality, Tracy J. Prince explores how an increasingly multicultural Britain defines itself, and is defined, through literature and a literary establishment still dominated by an Anglo-English elite.
added by TracyJPrince | editTamar Heller, Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati
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The past century's culture wars that Britain has been consumed by, but that few North Americans seem aware of, have resulted in revised notions of Britishness and British literature. Yet literary anthologies remain anchored to an archaic Anglo-English interpretation of British literature. Conflicts have been played out over specific national vs. British identity (some residents prefer to describe themselves as being from Scotland, England, Wales, or Northern Ireland instead of Britain), in debates over immigration, race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and in arguments over British literature. These debates are strikingly detailed in such chapters as: "The Difficulty Defining 'Black British'," "British Jewish Writers" and "Xenophobia and the Booker Prize." Connections are also drawn between civil rights movements in the U.S. and UK. This generalist cultural study is a lively read and a fascinating glimpse into Britain's changing identity as reflected in 20th and 21st century British literature.

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Thomas C. Caramagno
Introduction: Mind the Gap
1. The Imploded Empire: Literary Reactions to Britain's Changed Empire
2. The Difficulty Defining British Literature
3. The Difficulty Defining "Black British"
4. Two Nations: Class Issues in Contemporary British Literature
5. British Jewish Writers
6. Xenophobia and the Booker Prize
7. Britain's "New" Multicultural Identity
Appendix I: Man Booker Prize Winners
Appendix II: International Man Booker Prize Winners
Appendix III: Orange Prize Winners
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