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British Literature of the Twentieth Century

For students in Prof. Sponenberg's class

Writers in their Youth

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The 1970s and ’80s were a time of turmoil and dislocating change in Britain as customs and values were repeatedly challenged—a period in which, as Angela Carter put it, there was “nothing sacred.” This program examines the evolution of the British novel during the period 1970–90, spotlighting Fay Weldon, Angela Carter, Penelope Fitzgerald, John Berger, Malcolm Bradbury, Hanif Kureishi, Alasdair Gray, James Kelman, Martin Amis, Margaret Drabble, Jeanette Winterson, Salman Rushdie, and Ian McEwan as well as some of their key works.