British Culture of the Post-War
An Introduction to Literature and Society 1945-1999
Edited by Alastair Davies, Alan Sinfield
Routledge – 2000 – 224 pages
From Angus Wilson to Pat Barker and Salman Rushdie, British Culture of the Post-War is an ideal starting point for those studying cultural developments in Britain of recent years. Chapters on individual people and art forms give a clear and concise overview of the progression of different genres. They also discuss the wider issues of Britain's relationship with America and Europe, and the idea of Britishness.
Each section is introduced with a short discussion of the major historical events of the period. Read as a whole, British Culture of the Postwar will give students a comprehensive introduction to this turbulent and exciting period, and a greater understanding of the cultural production arising from it.
Alistair Davies teaches literature and film at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on British modernism, modernist poetics and contemporary literature.
Alan Sinfield is professor of English at the University of Sussex. His recent publications include Literature, politics and Culture in Postwar Britiain (1997) and Out on Stage (1999).