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University of Wales Press
FORMAT: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9781786839350
RRP: £24.99
PAGES: 352
PUBLICATION DATE: November 15, 2022

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Compatriots or Competitors?: Welsh, Scottish, English and Northern Irish Writing and Brexit in Comparative Contexts

By (author) Hywel Dix

This is the first comparative study of the distinctive literatures and cultures that developed in Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland since political devolution in the late 1990s, and especially surrounding Brexit. The book argues that in conceptualising their cultures as ‘national’, each nation is caught up in a creative tension between emulating forms of cultural production found in the others to assert common aspirations, and downplaying those connections in order to forge a sense of cultural distinctiveness. The author explores the resulting dilemmas, with chapters analysing the growth of the creative industries; the relationship between UK City of Culture and its forerunner, the European Capital of Culture; national book prizes in Britain and Europe; British variations on Nordic Noir TV; and the Brexit novel. Due to the separate cultural precursors and responses in each nation, the book then argues how Brexit has widened their differences, with the result that the UK’s future is put into question.

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