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British Jewish Writing in the Post-2016 Era: Tom Stoppard, Linda Grant and Howard Jacobson

School of English, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
Humanities 2020, 9(4), 116; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040116
Received: 16 August 2020 / Revised: 22 September 2020 / Accepted: 24 September 2020 / Published: 28 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary British-Jewish Literature, 1970–2020)
This article analyses the ways in which British Jewish writing has responded to the watershed events of 2016: the vote to leave the EU in the United Kingdom, and the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA. It argues that such a response demands varied generic and narrative forms, as exemplified in three case studies. Tom Stoppard’s 2020 play Leopoldstadt is a historical drama about twentieth-century Austrian history, but the moment of its staging and its links to the playwright’s biography convey its cautionary relationship to the present. Linda Grant’s 2019 novel A Stranger City is set in a post-2016 London that has become unfamiliar to its inhabitants, while Howard Jacobson’s Pussy of 2017 is a satire aimed at Trump’s electoral success. In each case, cultural turmoil is represented in terms of Jewish history. View Full-Text
Keywords: Tom Stoppard; Linda Grant; Howard Jacobson; Brexit; Trump Tom Stoppard; Linda Grant; Howard Jacobson; Brexit; Trump
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Vice, S. British Jewish Writing in the Post-2016 Era: Tom Stoppard, Linda Grant and Howard Jacobson. Humanities 2020, 9, 116. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040116

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