Imagining Iraq: Literature in English and the Iraq Invasion by Suman GuptaImagining Iraq: Literature in English and the Iraq Invasion by Suman Gupta

Imagining Iraq: Literature in English and the Iraq Invasion

bySuman Gupta

Paperback | January 19, 2011

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An enormous number of literary texts engaged with the build-up towards, undertaking of and aftermath of the recent invasion of Iraq. This book both provides a survey of such texts and presents a particular critical perspective on them. Many were regarded as taking a position for or against the invasion, but this study neither attempts to hold authors to account for their political choices nor tries to reach a moral consensus on the invasion. The idea here is to examine how certain literary texts appeared within and “spoke” to a specific socio-political context, not merely to reckon with that context but to understand the condition of contemporary literature generally. Focusing primarily on literature in English made available in the U.S.A. and U.K. while debates about the Iraq invasion were uppermost in the public consciousness, texts in a wide range of forms are examined here: from poetry anthologies to individual poetry collections, plays on current events to revivals of classical plays, action thrillers to literary fiction and personal blogs.
SUMAN GUPTA is Professor of Literature and Cultural History at the Open University, UK. He is also at present Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Roehampton University, and is currently coordinating an international collaborative project on English Studies in Non-Anglophone Contexts. He is the author of nine books, including recently S...
Title:Imagining Iraq: Literature in English and the Iraq InvasionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:January 19, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230278779

ISBN - 13:9780230278776


Table of Contents

Making War: Introduction
'Laws' for Poets: Poetry Anthologies
Exacting World: Individual Poetry Collections
To Smash the Mirror: Theatre
A Joint Enterprise: Fiction
Windows into Life-Worlds: Blogs and Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

"Suman Gupta's Imagining Iraq is brilliantly written, engaging, and authoritative. With a depth and tightness of focus that is really unusual, this book should be given serious attention by academics and students." -- Jago Morrison, Senior Lecturer in English, Brunel University, UK