Collective resistance
Manchester’s mixed-genre anthologies and short-story collections
in Postcolonial Manchester
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This chapter reviews the grassroots of Manchester's earliest, extant anthologized writings, before tracing their evolution into the increasingly confident and cutting-edge publications. This includes discussion of the parallel history of women's writing in the city. The chapter presents the Manchester Irish Writers' Group as a case study of a writers' collective operating in the city, and samples their poems and short stories to reflect upon all that is unique in the Irish migration story. Discussion is structured around the theme of temporality with a particular focus on the dislocation of time and space occasioned by the migrant's repeated 'journeys home' in the context of Ireland's tantalizing proximity to the north-west of England. Combining discussion of the anthologies' thematic preoccupations with their publishing history, the chapter shows how these collectively-authored texts are symptomatic of the social and political function of writing in postcolonial Manchester.

Postcolonial Manchester

Diaspora space and the devolution of literary culture

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