Bob Eaglestone – “You’ve got to answer to the guns of Brixton”: Representations of Violence in South London

Brixton has notoriously been seen as a site of violence, whether in the work of Linton Kwesi Johnson in the 70s or 80s, or in more recent fiction of Alex Wheatle or in popular culture (“The guns of Brixton”). This paper given by Bob Eaglestone, Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London, explores the changing varieties of the depiction of violence in “migrant”/minority poets and novelists from the very extensive 1981 riots to the present day.

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