Writing the literary history of the Channel Islands

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Goodall, Peter. 2010. "Writing the literary history of the Channel Islands." Grydehoj, Adam (ed.) 6th International Small Island Cultures Conference (ISIC6). Guernsey, United Kingdom 22 - 25 Jun 2010 Lismore, Australia.
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Writing the literary history of the Channel Islands

Presentation TypePaper
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AuthorGoodall, Peter
EditorsGrydehoj, Adam
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 6th International Small Island Cultures Conference (ISIC 6)
ERA Conference ID60574
Number of Pages8
Year2010
Place of PublicationLismore, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://sicri-network.org/ISIC6/d.%20ISIC6P%20Goodall.pdf
Conference/Event6th International Small Island Cultures Conference (ISIC6)
International Small Island Cultures Conference
Event Details
6th International Small Island Cultures Conference (ISIC6)
Event Date
22 to end of 25 Jun 2010
Event Location
Guernsey, United Kingdom
Event Details
International Small Island Cultures Conference
Abstract

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.

KeywordsChannel Islands; literature; Patois; Victor Hugo; G. B. Edwards; The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470504. British and Irish literature
440107. Social and cultural anthropology
440105. Linguistic anthropology
Byline AffiliationsPublic Memory Research Centre
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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