By Allan Hepburn

close to the tip of the second one global conflict, new rules approximately citizenship, nationwide identification, belonging, and rights emerged because the atrocities of the battle – coupled with the shedding of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki – spurred writers and electorate worldwide to contemplate their duties to their fellow man.

Covering British authors and modern fiction via migrant writers publishing at mid-century, in addition to a few images from the period, round 1945 is a set of essays that unearths how literary texts and cultural occasions modeled human rights concerns comparable to dignity, freedom, sovereignty, and accountability. Unified via an research of the human and cultural elements of common rights, those essays exhibit that British writers confirmed the parameters of citizenship and rights in novelistic shape. by way of imagining tasks and rights of electorate in hypothetical contexts, those novels multiplied at the legislated entitlements and responsibilities that make up civic and human identification. To this present day the repercussions of 1945 proceed to spread in tales approximately statehood, refugees, humanitarianism, displacement, and nationwide belonging. even as, novels proceed to visualize the human individual, equivalent in rights and dignity prior to the legislation, but usually compromised by way of the political exigencies of geographical regions that don't realize felony, political, or human rights.

Tracing the rippling results of the second one international conflict from 1945 in the course of the chilly battle and into the current, round 1945 is an awfully wealthy quantity that would adjust our belief of pre- and post-war British literature.

Contributors comprise Nadine Attewell (McMaster), Mitchell C. Brown (Dalhousie), Matthew Hart (Columbia), Janice Ho (Colorado), Emily Hyde (Rowan), Peter Kalliney (Kentucky), Marina MacKay (Oxford), Melanie Micir (Washington, St. Louis), Adam Piette (Sheffield) Claire Seiler (Dickinson College), and Ian Whittington (Mississippi).

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