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Elinor Taylor

In The Popular Front Novel in Britain, 1934-1940, Elinor Taylor provides the first study of the relationship between the British novel and the anti-fascist Popular Front strategy endorsed by the Comintern in 1935. Through readings of novels by British Communists including Jack Lindsay, John Sommerfield, Lewis Jones and James Barke, Taylor shows that the realist novel of the left was a key site in which the politics of anti-fascist alliance were rehearsed. Maintaining a dialogue with theories of populism and with Georg Lukács’s vision of a revived literary realism ensuing from the Popular Front, this book at once illuminates the cultural formation of the Popular Front in Britain and proposes a new framework for reading British fiction of this period.


Andrew Hammond

The manner in which south-east Europe is viewed by western cultures has been an increasingly important area of study over the last twenty years. During the 1990s, the wars in the former Yugoslavia reactivated denigratory images of the region that many commentators perceived as a new, virulent strain of intra-European prejudice. British Literature and the Balkans is a wide-ranging and original analysis of balkanist discourse in British fiction and travel writing. Through a study of over 300 texts, the volume explores the discourse’s emergence in the imperial nineteenth century and its extensive transformations during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. There will be a particular focus on the ways in which the most significant currents in western thought – Romanticism, empiricism, imperialism, nationalism, communism – have helped to shape the British concept of the Balkans.
The volume will be of interest to those working in the area of European cross-cultural representation in the disciplines of Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Anthropology and History.

Why Doesn’t Winnie Grab the Shovel?

Staging Beckett’s Happy Days in Early Post-Communist Romania

Traian Penciuc

was the opposite. Communism was gone, and we were free, but seized by a great torpor. Suddenly we discovered the freedom to do nothing. Working was communist, working hard, worse, Stalinist. Chatter and watching TV was good. In that historical moment, against that common mentality, I staged Happy

Facing the East in the West

Images of Eastern Europe in British Literature, Film and Culture


Edited by Barbara Korte, Eva Ulrike Pirker and Sissy Helff

Over the last decade, migration flows from Central and Eastern Europe have become an issue in political debates about human rights, social integration, multiculturalism and citizenship in Great Britain. The increasing number of Eastern Europeans living in Britain has provoked ambivalent and diverse responses, including representations in film and literature that range from travel writing, humorous fiction, mockumentaries, musicals, drama and children’s literature to the thriller. The present volume discusses a wide range of representations of Eastern and Central Europe and its people as reflected in British literature, film and culture.
The book offers new readings of authors who have influenced the cultural imagination since the nineteenth century, such as Bram Stoker, George Bernard Shaw, Joseph Conrad and Arthur Koestler. It also discusses the work of more contemporary writers and film directors including Sacha Baron Cohen, David Cronenberg, Vesna Goldsworthy, Kapka Kassabova, Marina Lewycka, Ken Loach, Mike Phillips, Joanne K. Rowling and Rose Tremain.
With its focus on post-Wall Europe, Facing the East in the West goes beyond discussions of migration to Britain from an established postcolonial perspective and contributes to the current exploration of 'new' European identities.

“A Worthless Reptile”

The Turkish Language Reforms and Samuel Beckett

Gabriel Quigley

limits of the state’s interest in translations of Western literature by turning to how existentialist texts were treated by Turkish authorities. As Koş explains, the Turkish state connected existentialism with the communism of Sartre, and communism posed a threat to the republic. Texts by Sartre, Camus

“A thing I carry about with me”

The Myth(s) of Sisyphus in Beckett’s Radio Play All That Fall

Pim Verhulst

–1953 issue of Merlin —the same in which Beckett published an “Extract from Watt .” Seaver recreates the series of events that led to the break between Camus and Sartre over L’ Homme révolté . By criticizing Sartre’s support of Communism, Camus turned many Left Bank intellectuals against himself, splitting

Young-woong Lim’s Waiting for Godot

Its Place in Korean Theatre History

Rina Kim

writing and staging a series of nationalistic plays against left-wing policies and communism, prioritizing ideology over artistic achievement (M. Yu, 67 and Suh, 326–331). As many critics point out, together with an emphasis on anti-communist messages and the didactic function of theatre, Korean theatre