Around 1945: Literature, Citizenship, Rights by Allan Hepburn

By Allan Hepburn

close to the tip of the second one international battle, new rules approximately citizenship, nationwide identification, belonging, and rights emerged because the atrocities of the conflict – coupled with the shedding of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki – spurred writers and electorate worldwide to consider their duties to their fellow man.

Covering British authors and modern fiction by means of migrant writers publishing at mid-century, in addition to a few images from the period, round 1945 is a suite of essays that finds how literary texts and cultural occasions modeled human rights concerns similar to dignity, freedom, sovereignty, and accountability. Unified via an research of the human and cultural elements of common rights, those essays express that British writers confirmed the parameters of citizenship and rights in novelistic shape. through imagining tasks and rights of electorate in hypothetical contexts, those novels multiplied at the legislated entitlements and duties that make up civic and human id. To at the present time the repercussions of 1945 proceed to spread in tales approximately statehood, refugees, humanitarianism, displacement, and nationwide belonging. while, novels proceed to visualize the human individual, equivalent in rights and dignity earlier than the legislation, but frequently compromised by means of the political exigencies of geographical regions that don't realize felony, political, or human rights.

Tracing the rippling outcomes of the second one international battle from 1945 throughout the chilly struggle and into the current, round 1945 is an awfully wealthy quantity that might modify our conception of pre- and post-war British literature.

Contributors contain 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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