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State Sponsored Literature: Britain and Cultural Diversity after 1945

Asha Rogers


Debates about the value of the ‘literary’ rarely register the expressive acts of state subsidy, sponsorship, and cultural policy that have shaped post-war Britain. In State Sponsored Literature, Asha Rogers argues that the modern state was a major material condition of literature, even as its efforts were relative, partial, and prone to disruption. Drawing from neglected and occasionally unexpected archives, she shows how the state became an integral and conflicted custodian of literary freedom in the postcolonial world as beliefs about literature’s ‘public’ were radically challenged by the un ... More

Keywords: Britain, British literature, post-war, funding, sponsorship, cultural policy, postcolonial literature, multiculturalism, institutions, autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198857761
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198857761.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Asha Rogers, author
Lecturer in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham