Europe in Britain: the marginalised voices of EU migrants in contemporary British Brexlit

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    This chapter considers the presentation of Europeans in contemporary British Brexit. It discusses the presentation of Europeans in the context of Brexit in so-called Brexlit novels. Many Brexit novels pick up on what is, at best ‘marginalising’, and at worst ‘Othering’ or scapegoating of EU and other migrants. Most of the novels are also predominantly inward looking, concerned mainly with the fallout of Brexit within Britain and for British characters. The chapter also discusses the seemingly logical progression of the preoccupation with retreating within borders by assessing John Lanchester’s dystopian novel The Wall. Lyndsey Stonebridge’s comment suggests that literature needs to take on the role not only of presenting contemporary realities but also challenging them by imagining potential alternatives. The position of British ex-pats in Europe post-Brexit appears to be largely undeveloped in contemporary British literature and really needs some critical engagement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBrexit and the Migrant Voice
    Subtitle of host publicationEU Citizens in Post-Brexit Literature and Culture
    EditorsChristine Berberich
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9781003148357
    ISBN (Print)9780367708825
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2022

    Publication series

    NamePopular Culture and World Politics


    • Brexit
    • Brexit literature
    • John Lanchester


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