Peripheral Visions: Images of Nationhood in Contemporary British Fiction

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: the politics of place and writing 1
2 To see ourselves: travel narratives and national identity in contemporary Britain 6
3 Regional crime squads: location and dislocation in the British mystery 27
4 Aztecs in Troedrhiwgwair: recent fictions in Wales 44
Writing on the edge of catastrophe 77
5 Constructed out of bewilderment: stories of Scotland 80
Not changing the world 100
6 Remembered poverty: the North-East of England 103
Writing in the dark 122
7 Fiction in conflict: Northern Ireland's prodigal novelists 128
I am a Northern Irish novelist 149
8 The passionate periphery: Cornwall and romantic fiction 153
Smashing the sandcastles: realism in contemporary Cornish fiction 173
9 Mother to legend (or going underground): the London novel 181
10 Writing from the margins 194
Index 216
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