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Deryn Rees-Jones and Michael Murphy

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310737

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314476

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Introduction: Sounding Liverpool

Introduction: Sounding Liverpool

(p.1) Introduction: Sounding Liverpool
Writing Liverpool

Michael Murphy

Deryn Rees-Jones

Liverpool University Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to address the question: what has Liverpool writing been? The discussions then turn to the factors that influenced writing from the city; the relationship between Liverpool and the United States; Liverpool's positioning as geographical and economic ‘other’; and Liverpudlian identity. It is argued that if writing from Liverpool is to continue to matter, it will need to re-invent itself in ways which at present appear as indistinct and fragile as the city's budding transformation from a place that is a shadow of its nineteenth-century self to a city which has ambitions to command the attention of Europe and the wider world.

Keywords:   Liverpool writing, United States, Europe, Liverpudlian identity

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