About the author: John Brannigan teaches English at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of New Historicism and Cultural Materialism (1998) and Brendan Behan: A Critical Study (forthcoming, 2002). He has also written numerous essays on postwar literature, Irish literature, and literary theories.
2002 0-7734-7169-3 Literature, Culture and Society in Postwar England, 1945-1965 is a study of how writers from very different backgrounds represented the changes taking place in English society after the Second World War. Originally published in 2002, this book gives original, detailed readings of neglected traditions of working-class writing, women's writing, and black writing in England, and explores how these writers dealt with the contentious issues of class, gender, sexuality, and race which began to become visible as fissures in a society slowly recovering from war.