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Brexit: The Problem of Englishness ...
By: Dulcie Everitt - Zer0 Books, $21.95

Description: In this highly readable and convincing exploration of Englishness as a problematic concept, Dulcie Everitt combines historical, political, and literary analysis to re-examine the nature of Englishness

BrexLit offers readers the opportunity to step outside of the chaos, to reflect, and in many cases, to heal from the dismal anxiety of the present.

Verdict: Britain’s vote to leave the European Union in the summer of 2016 came as a shock to many observers. But writers had long been exploring anxieties and fractures in British society – from Euroscepticism, to immigration, to devolution, to post-truth narratives – that came to the fore in the Brexit campaign and its aftermath.

Reading these tensions back into contemporary British writing, Dulcie Everitt - who here uses a phrase first coined by the UK’s Financial Times, Brexlit - delivers an in-depth study of how writers engaged with these issues before and after the referendum result.

Ergo, BrexLit: The Problem of Englishness in Pre- and Post- Brexit Referendum Literature explores how a new and urgent genre of post-Brexit fiction is beginning to emerge.

Containing five engrossing chapters - Theories of Nationalism and the English Case, The UK, the EU and the Rise of Insurgent Nationalisms, Pre-Brexit Referendum Literature: Problematizing Englishness, BrexLit: Preserving the Present to Change the Future and Reimagining Membership - Everitt first explains how that for the past two decades, the Western world has collectively experienced a resurgence of nationalist sentiment that has deeply disturbed the political landscape and continues onward to expand on that and all the contributing factors therein/thereafter.

Spanning political science, history, and literary studies, BrexLit features dedicated, engrossingly cultured viewpoints and, perhaps at its soul, simply tries to better articulate the subtle (and perhaps not so subtle) nuances of the landscape of works she brings before us.

About the Author - Dulcie was born and raised in London, England. She earned her B.A. from Connecticut College, where she studied English, Philosophy, and Government, and was a scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy.

This is her first book. Dulcie’s work has also been featured in the undergraduate journals The Foundationalist and the UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal.

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