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Over the past many years of the 20 th century it has turn into more and more tough to think about British literature as 'national' or 'mainstream'. The ebook investigates modern fiction and poetry written in, or in terms of, Britain and uncovers a special feel of a brand new and diverse nationwide and social truth. Tracing literary results of migration, globalization, and regionalization the publication makes a speciality of literary culture as an suggestion or item of hate and frustration for the exploration and expression of post-Imperial studies.
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In other words, by cutting through all the taboos of race relations, the NCO type so familiar from the literature of Empire as stay and support has developed into a exible entrepreneur measuring the world in terms of loss and gain, a businessman for whom race and class are only articial barriers. Tom Cutter does not hide his pragmatic attitude, rather he makes a point of displaying it by making numerous references to the economically rewarding combination of air transport expansion and cheap labour, added to which is an instinctive sense of diplomacy and politics, as in this scene, where he is persuading an English manufacturer of aircraft to give him credit: If I develop eastwards, then by using Asiatic pilots and ground engineers exclusively, I shall be using the people of the countries that I want to do business with.
Pragmatism in popular ction Mainstream ction after World War Two remains expressive of the tight interweaving of the public and private safely ensconced within the coastline of Britain. We do not see much of the by now crumbling Empire in the writing of the 1950s realists. When William Golding in his Lord of the Flies (1954) responds to Robert M. Ballantynes blueprint-for-colonialism, The Coral Island (1858) it is with a narrative not touching much on the social and political issues of the model.
105) and never had any need to relate to fellow Englishmen of the governing classes. Only at one time does he give vent to a sense of frustration displaying his view of the social make-up of his country: Towards morning I gave up the idea of going to London to argue with the Foreign Ofce. They would only take the advice of their ofcials on the spot; I had no prestige, no inuence or reputation that would weigh against these foolish people. I was just Tom Cutter, ex-ground engineer, who made too much money to please civil servants.