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The past century's culture wars that Britain has been consumed by, but that few North Americans seem aware of, have resulted in revised notions of Britishness and British literature. Yet literary anthologies remain anchored to an archaic Anglo-English interpretation of British literature. Conflicts have been played out over specific national vs. British identity (some resi...more
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Published November 7th 2012 by Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub (first published April 11th 2011)
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    Srujana
    This is a First Reads review!

    Firstly, it must be said that this book is excellent for lay readers. Tracy Prince deftly weaves a picture of Britain's past and current cultural identity for those of who live outside the region and have no academic training in cultural studies, British history, or literature. Her arguments and examples are easy to follow and thorough; she does a great of job of exploring an issue from several different points. I only wish that Prince had taken more time to define t...more
    Beatrix Minkov
    A first-reads review:

    Ok, I love history and literature since I was just a little girl. I remember myself sitting in the library, picking up every encyclopedia I could get my hands on, learning about random history facts that may have occured hundreds of years ago. And it kind of felt the same to me when I started with this one! I carried it around for one week, flicking trough the pages, reading some, turn back to the beginning, skip, read, and back to chapter-some-where-in-the-end, just because...more
    Ray
    This is a First Reads review.

    This is a excellent overview of British literature of the 20th Century. With a historical timeline as a guide, this book explores British literature as a reflection of the changing cultural identity of the nation. Within Britain, writers began to identify themselves as Irish, Scottish and Welsh rather than as British. Before reading this, I took for granted the effects of racism on U.K. culture. An influx of authors with family roots in India, Africa and the West In...more
    Rhome
    This book delivers on the promise of its provocative title. Although obviously written with the care of an academic, Culture Wars is suprisingly accessible and provides a nice history lesson about the evolution of cultural identity in an aging empire, post Pax-Britannica. Key chapters address class issues, and the problems concerning "black", Jewish, and other identities as expressed through the lens of British literature over the past 100 years. In this transitional age where a war of cultures...more
    Tempest2
    Interesting reading differing opinions (from British writers) about what it means to be British and how much that has changed in a century. I learned a lot, especially about the Booker Prize and Black British writers. I also liked the comparisons between civil rights history in the US and UK.
    Angelwingsmp
    What an interesting book! I loved learning about Black British and British Jewish writers. It was also cool to read comments from Welsh and Scottish writers and writers from Northern Ireland about how it feels to be British these days. But my favorite chapter was the one on the Booker Prize.
    Dana Del_George
    Readers can always count on Tracy Prince to share the spoils of her research in a generous and engaging way.
    sunflower
    enjoyable book. felt like I was in an awesome college class on British culture, history, and literature.
    Timothy Cramer
    Excellent book for my college class teaching cultural and historical perspectives on British literature.
    Sarah Holz
    A solid overview of contemporary cultural issues in British literature.
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    Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D. is a Scholar-in-Residence at Portland State University's Portland Center for Public Humanities. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas after the Civil Rights Act, she has spent her career teaching and writing about race, gender, and social equity issues. Dr. Prince loves to uncover forgotten or overlooked historical moments by digging through archives and interviewing folks who like...more
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