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Andrew M. Butler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318344

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317798

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This Septic Isle: Post-Imperial Melancholy

This Septic Isle: Post-Imperial Melancholy

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Solar Flares
Liverpool University Press

The late 1960s saw the emergence of Swinging London that seemed to be the world's cultural capital as Carnaby Street, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones soared to unprecedented popularity. According to Roger Luckhurst, this period was associated with ‘post-imperial melancholy’ that apparently found redemption in the English countryside. This chapter examines English science fiction written by Keith Roberts, Christopher Priest, D. G. Compton, Garry Kilworth, Michael Moorcock and Robert Holdstock, along with the James Bond films and television series Doctor Who and 1990. It also analyses Lindsay Anderson's film O Lucky Man! (1973) and concludes with a discussion of Derek Jarman's Jubilee (1978).

Keywords:   Swinging London, science fiction, films, Lindsay Anderson, Derek Jarman, Jubilee, post-imperial melancholy, D. G. Compton, James Bond, television series

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