By Peter J. hefner
Providing a compact literary background of the 20 th century in England, Cities
of Affluence and Anger reports the challenging phrases of nationwide id in the course of England's
transition from an imperial strength to its integration within the international cultural industry. While
the nation-state have been the dominant image of Englishness during the past century,
glossy literature started to flip progressively more to the town to redraw the limits of a
modern cultural polity. The city classification approach, ironically, nonetheless functioned as a
marker of wealth, prestige, and hierarchy all through this lengthy interval of self-examination, yet it
additionally turned the way to undertaking a typical tradition and mitigate different kinds of distinction. Local
classification politics have been reworked in the sort of method that enabled the English to reframe a highly
provisional nationwide team spirit within the context of imperial disintegration, postcolonial immigration,
and, later, globalization.Kalliney plots the decline of the country-house novel via an
research of Forster’s Howards finish and Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, every one ruthless in
its sabotage of the trope of bucolic concord. The generally pastoral concentration of English
fiction supplies solution to a high-modernist city narrative, exemplified by way of Woolf’s Mrs.
Dalloway, and, later, to realists corresponding to Osborne and Sillitoe, via whose paintings Kalliney
explores postwar city growth and the cultural politics of the welfare country. delivering fresh
new readings of Lessing’s The Golden laptop and Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, the
writer considers the postwar appropriation of domesticity, the emergence of postcolonial
literature, and the upkeep of shuttle narratives within the context of globalization. Kalliney
means that it truly is principally one city--London--through which nationwide id has been reframed.
How and why this transition happened is a approach that towns of Affluence and Anger depicts
with remarkable perception and originality.
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Cities of Affluence and Anger: A Literary Geography of Modern Englishness by Peter J. hefner