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Daniel Lea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719081491

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719081491.001.0001

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Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall

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Twenty-First-Century Fiction
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Daniel Lea

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719081491.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the writing of the Cumbrian novelist Sarah Hall, and explores her work’s close engagement with place and landscape as constitutive of social identity. By examining her fiction up to and including The Wolf Border (2015), the chapter explores her insistent concern with the material heft of the physical world in an increasingly weightless, digitised realm. Material stuff matters in Hall’s work, and manifests a ineradicable relationship between the human being and the beauty, pain, and violence of the world.

Keywords:   Sarah Hall, Landscape, Cumbria, Haweswater, The Electric Michelangelo, The Carhullan Army, How To Paint a Dead Man, The Beautiful Indifference, The Wolf Border

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