Tuesday 30 July 2013

Reading list for ENGL30262 Culture and Conflict


ENGL30262: Culture and Conflict

Summer Reading


Primary Reading

You should focus on looking at the primary texts we shall be looking at:


Novels: Martin Amis, Money

Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty

Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses


Drama: Caryl Churchill, Serious Money (in Plays Two, Methuen)


Film: Brassed Off (Herman, 1996)

My Beautiful Laundrette (Frears, 1985)


We shall also be looking at poetry from the miners’ strike of 1984-85, but this will be provided in a course booklet.


Secondary Reading

Andy McSmith provides a reasonable, readable overview of the 1980s in No Such Thing As Society (2011), but this is not an academic study. Other reading on the includes:


Andrew Adonis and Tim Hanes (eds), A Conservative Revolution?: The Thatcher-Reagan Decade in Perspective, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994

Jane Ashley et. al., Breaking the Nation: A Guide to Thatcher’s Britain, London: Pluto, 1985

John Campbell, Margaret Thatcher: Grocer’s Daughter to Iron Lady, London: Vintage, 2009

Eric J. Evans, Thatcher and Thatcherism (2nd ed.), Abingdon: Routledge, 2005

Paul Gilroy, There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation, London: Routledge, 1992

Sarah Franklin, Celia Lury and Jackie Stacey (eds), Off-Centre: Feminism and Cultural Studies, London: Routledge, 1991 [The title here doesn’t convey the very strong emphasis on the 1980s and Thatcherism specifically]

Ben Jackson and Robert Saunders (eds), Making Thatcher’s Britain, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012

Louise Hadley and Elizabeth Ho (eds), Thatcher & After: Margaret Thatcher and Her Afterlife in Contemporary Culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Stuart Hall, The Hard Road to Renewal: Thatcherism and the Crisis of the Left, London: Verso, 1988

_________ & Martin Jacques (eds.), The Politics of Thatcherism, 1983

Andrew Milner, Class, London: Sage, 1999

David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity: An Inquiry Into the Origins of Cultural Change, Oxford: Blackwell, 1990

___________, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Oxford: Blackwell, 2005

Peter Mandler, The English National Character: the History of an Idea from Edmund Burke to Tony Blair, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006

Heather Nunn, Thatcher, Politics and Fantasy: The Political Culture of Gender and Nation, London: Lawrence & Wishart, 2002

Malise Ruthven, Islam in the World, Penguin: Harmondsworth, 1984 [3rd edition: London: Granta, 2006]

Alan Sinfield, Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain, Oxford: Blackwell, 1989 (new editions in 1997 and 2004)

Margaret Thatcher, The Downing Street Years, London: Harpercollins, 1993

Patricia Waugh, Harvest of the Sixties: English Literature and Its Background, 1960-1990, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995

Hugo Young, One of Us: A Biography of Margaret Thatcher, London: Macmillan, 1991


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