Articles by

Pam Morris

Pam Morris is an independent scholar, previously a professor of modern critical studies and head of the Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Mores University. Her books include Dickens’s Class Consciousness: A Marginal View (Macmillan, 1991), Realism (Routledge, 2003) and Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Worldly Realism (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

Writing Hope: Politics and the Novel

Bashir Abu-Manneh’s monograph raises critical questions as to the relationship of art to political struggle and revolutionary hope. Palestinian realist novels offer a paradigmatic narrative of the rise and subsequent defeat of emancipatory endeavor as aesthetic expression responding to the actuality of conflict, armed revolt, and the trauma of loss. As such, the realism of Palestinian writing challenges the political pessimism and anti-realism that typifies much postcolonial criticism. The review explores the possibilities and achievements of realism in the context of current theoretical critique, focusing upon the uniquely materialist specificity that characterizes the realist tradition.