Chapter 24. Redefining Englishness: British Short Fiction from 1945 to the Present

  1. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm Associate Professor2 and
  2. David Malcolm Professor3
  1. James M. Lang Associate Professor

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch24

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

How to Cite

Lang, J. M. (2008) Redefining Englishness: British Short Fiction from 1945 to the Present, in A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story (eds C. A. Malcolm and D. Malcolm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch24

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of American Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland

  2. 3

    English Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Author Information

  1. Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145374

Online ISBN: 9781444304770

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Keywords:

  • British Short Fiction from 1945 to the Present;
  • Booker Prize-winning novelist Graham Swift - published Learning to Swim, a collection of short stories;
  • race and ethnicity;
  • Class appearing as a factor in many stories of V.S. Pritchett - “Tea with Mrs. Bittell”;
  • Pritchett's “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner”;
  • urbanization - “The Disgrace of Jim Scarfedale”;
  • Julian Maclaren-Ross's short fiction - focusing on human experience army life, or bohemian world of writers and artists;
  • English nostalgia;
  • William Trevor's series of three short fictions “Matilda's England”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Race and Ethnicity

  • Class

  • Urbanization

  • English Nostalgia

  • Conclusion

  • References and Further Reading