In Their Own Words - British Novelists

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Arts Documentary hosted by Rebecca Front, published by BBC in 2010 - English narration

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Series looking at the story of the British novel in the 20th century, told by those who know it best - the authors themselves.

[edit] Among the Ruins '1919-1939'

The interwar years generated self-doubt and ideological crisis as Britain contemplated the devastation of war and the demise of empire which would transform the British novel. Some of the greatest, most innovative works of modern British fiction were written during this period and they have retained their power over the fate and fortune of the novel ever since.

[edit] The Age of Anxiety '1945-1969'

The end of WW2 saw the beginning of the atomic age - what WH Auden coined the Age of Anxiety had begun. The holocaust and the nuclear cloud dominated the sensibility of the period and as political tensions worsened, the mood of anxiety, horror and fear of possible armageddon intensified. A new generation of novelists were on hand to confront and articulate this age.

[edit] Nothing Sacred '1970-1990'

The third and final part explores the 70s and 80s - a period in which, as Angela Carter put it, there was 'nothing sacred' as the mores of the time were incessantly called into question. Novelists were at the forefront of a new revolution as British fiction was suddenly thrust into the limelight. Acting as agents of provocation, these disparate writers indelibly changed the literary climate.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC Main@3.1
  • Video Bitrate: 1800 Kbps
  • Video Resolution: 960x540
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps ABR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 58 mins
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 810 MB
  • Source: PDTV
  • Encoded by JungleBoy

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