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British Novelists

Synopsis
The story of the 20th century novel in Britain, told by authors themselves. There are three 60 minute programmes where great British novelists talk about their life and work.How did working-class writers and subjects come to dominate the novel and how did minority voices enrich fiction through Post-Colonial and Feminist writing? Great novelists talking candidly about their life and work in this three part series include Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G.Wells and E.M.Forster through to Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, Kazuo Ishiguro and Hilary Mantel.

This series includes the only recording of Virginia Woolf in existence, William Golding explaining Lord of the Flies to a room of young school pupils, and J.G.Ballard, author of the controversial Crash, celebrating the beauty of the motorcar. J.R.R.Tolkien explains his obsession with plot and Ian Fleming offers insights into why the James Bond novels became pivotal in the 1960s Cool Britannia.

Individual programme titles are: AMONG THE RUINS 1919-1939; THE AGE OF ANXIETY 1945-1969; NOTHING SACRED 1970-1990.
Series
In Their Own Words
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2010
Notes
Broadcast in thre weekly parts on BBC4 beginning 16/8/2010
Subjects
English language and literature; Literature
Keywords
literature - English; literature - 20th century

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£15.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2012

Sections

Title
AMONG THE RUINS 1919-1939
Synopsis
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.
Duration
60 mins

Title
AGE OF ANXIETY, THE 1945-1969
Synopsis
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
Duration
60 mins

Title
NOTHING SACRED 1970-1990.
Synopsis
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
Duration
60 mins

Production Company

Name

Open University

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
NB. As of May 2016 Open University Worldwide are no longer distributing DVDs. They have posted this message on their website: ‘Unfortunately Open University Worldwide Limited has decided that product sales are no longer viable given the reduced funding to Higher Education institutions and diminishing demand for the products we have traditionally stocked. At present the Open University Students Association (OUSA) will continue to sell the "Good Study Guide", and we are in discussion with other possible distributors to continue to make The Open University’s products available for purchase. As soon as we have any information on other channels of distribution we will update this notice’. Some products are still available via second hand dealers on Amazon.co.uk

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