Brexitness: Brexit, BrexLit, and Englishness

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28-06-28
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Three years after the Brexit referendum, Britain still has not left the EU and is utterly divided. The academic field is highly interested in the causes and consequences of the referendum and a new literary genre has emerged; BrexLit. In those Brexit novels, British authors aim to address the social upheaval and division in society after the Brexit referendum. This thesis also explores the division in British society brought to the surface by Brexit, especially focusing on the role of British national identity. By a close reading of two BrexLit novels, Autumn by Ali Smith (2017) and Middle England (2018) by Jonathan Coe, this thesis analyses how the characters in the novels represent different attitudes towards the Brexit referendum by their identification with Englishness and Britishness.
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