Writing the literary history of the Channel Islands

Goodall, Peter (2010) Writing the literary history of the Channel Islands. In: 6th International Small Island Cultures Conference (ISIC6), 22-25 Jun 2010, Guernsey.


This paper offers an introductory outline of the literary history of the Channel Islands. Little has been written on this topic before, even on the one or two major authors who are well known, and nothing resembling a general literary history exists, into which individual works might be contextualised. The main topics of the paper are the struggle between English and French as literary languages; poetry in patois in the nineteenth century; genre fiction in
English in the twentieth century; the fine novels of Guernsey life of Victor Hugo and G. B. Edwards; and the spate of novels written in the last ten years about the wartime occupation of the islands.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2011 11:45
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 03:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: Channel Islands; literature; Patois; Victor Hugo; G. B. Edwards; The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160103 Linguistic Anthropology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18402

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