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Compatriots or Competitors?

Welsh, Scottish, English and Northern Irish Writing and Brexit in Comparative Contexts

A literary study of a productive unionist and nationalist tension in contemporary British culture.
As Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales gain self-governance from England, writers in these nations face new pressures to create distinctly national literatures. Compatriots or Competitors? examines the artistic tension in this work, as writers both emulate neighboring traditions and reinforce distinctions between nations. Across a range of texts from each of the United Kingdom’s four nations, Hywel Dix maps the creative productivity of this interplay between Unionism and nationalism across Great Britain.

352 pages | 4 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations5
Introduction: Compatriots or Competitors?6
Chapter 1: From Counter Culture to Creative Industries24
Chapter 2: The Cultural Capital of Capitals of Culture66
Chapter 3: Imaging Northern Europe: British Varieties of Nordic Noir 113
Chapter 4: Aspiration by Proxy: National Book Awards in International Markets 172
Chapter 5: Brexit and Beyond 236
Afterword: Brexit and Coronavirus 291
References 297

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