The Oxford English Literary History: Volume 13: 1948-2000: The Internationalization of English Literature: 1948-2000 - The Internationalization of English Literature Vol 13 Hardcover – 26 Feb 2004
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King provides an authoritative, brisk, and detailed survey of the poetry, fiction, and drama produced by these writers since 1948 ... he deftly places the texts within their specific historical, social, and biographical contexts ... an essential resource for anyone who wishes to explore the literature produced in England during the past fifty years, and a means for scholars who wish to pursue the fuller implications of its title ... there is no comparably wide-ranging and thorough study of post-World War II writers of color in England. (C.L. Innes, Research in African Literatures)
...remarkably thorough and utterly reliable (Forum for Modern Language Studies)
King is admirably ready to discriminate between writing with stylistic integrity and shallow work that owes its success more to liberal guilt than literary merit. (Jeremy Noel-Tod, Saturday Telegraph)
This survey is unprecedented in its seriousness and detail. King traces historical influences, along with the biography of subsequent writers, putting them in the context of both their ethnic background and their British environment. He reads genres with an unusual degree of attention. He balances shifts in consciousness against changes in political and social awareness. (Mike Phillips, The Guardian Review)
Bruce King brings to the scene the virtues of traditional lit-crit. along with a tough-minded determination to map the features of the new writing. He begins with a refreshingly bullish justification of his title and subject. (Mike Phillips, The Guardian Review)
About the Author
Bruce King has taught at universities in England, Scotland, Canada, Nigeria, New Zealand, and other countries. His publications include New English Literatures: Cultural Nationalism in a Changing World, Modern Indian Poetry in English, Three Indian Poets, V. S. Naipaul, Derek Walcott, and West Indian Drama. He has also edited many books of original essays, including Introduction to Nigerian Literature, West-Indian Literature, The Commonwealth Novel Since 1960, Post-Colonial Drama, and New Centres of Consciousness.