The Country and The City Redux: Mapping Contemporary Britain in Granta’s 2013 “Best of Young British Novelists”

Shaw, Katy (2015) The Country and The City Redux: Mapping Contemporary Britain in Granta’s 2013 “Best of Young British Novelists”. Journalism and Mass Communication, 5 (11). pp. 584-592. ISSN 2160-6579

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.17265/2160-6579/2015.11.004

Abstract

Drawing upon the writings of British cultural critic Raymond Williams, this article examines a pervading concern with representations of the city and the countryside as political sites and wider symbols of contextual social and economic shifts in the Granta 2013 list of Best of Young British Novelists. The article argues that the 2013 Granta list examines Williams’ legacy from a twenty-first century perspective, offering a range of fictions that represent the rapidly changing socio-political, cultural and economic landscapes of contemporary Britain. Through textual analysis and contextualized readings, it suggests that the novels featured on the 2013 list do not offer a purely pastoral view of Britain, but use the natural world as a platform to stage wider discussions regarding a range of present-day issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Granta, contemporary literature, novel, writings, award, twenty-first centur
Subjects: Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2018 16:30
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2018 16:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33135

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