Brexit is a political, economic and administrative event: and it is a cultural one, too. In Brexit and Literature, Robert Eaglestone brings together a diverse range of literary scholars, writers and poets to respond to this aspect of Brexit. The discipline of ‘English’, as the very name suggests, is concerned with cultural and national identity: literary studies has always addressed ideas of nationalism and the wider political process. With the ramifications of Brexit expected to last for decades to come, Brexit and Literature offers the first academic study of its impact on and through the humanities. Including a preface from Baroness Young of Hornsey, Brexit and Literature is a bold and unapologetic volume, focusing on the immediate effects of the divisive referendum while meditating on its long-term impact.

chapter |6 pages


Brexit and literature

chapter 1|8 pages

The banality of Brexit

chapter 2|16 pages


chapter 3|13 pages

Autumn after the referendum

chapter 4|15 pages

Do novels tell us how to vote?

chapter 5|7 pages

Poetry and Brexit

chapter 7|9 pages

Migrant Britain

chapter 11|13 pages

Fake news literary criticism

chapter 12|13 pages

The psychopolitics of Brexit

chapter 13|7 pages

Brexit and the imagination

chapter 14|9 pages

The lost nomad of Europe

chapter 16|14 pages

Brexit and the German question

chapter 17|15 pages


Thinking and resistance

chapter |10 pages


The immigrant at Port Selda