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Re-reading Edge of Darkness: The Power of Northernness and the ‘Man of Feeling’

  • Katharine CockinEmail author


Edge of Darkness (1985) enables us to reconsider how we think about a specific region – the North of England – its construction in the phenomenon of the North–South divide in Britain in the 1980s and how the North of England has points of affiliation with organised labour and subaltern regions in a global context. The central protagonist, Craven, is presented as a northern man of feeling who unexpectedly acquires political agency. Relatedly, the northern region itself is presented as a site of political radicalism, provoking anxiety in the metropolitan seat of government in London at the very specific and volatile historical moment of the miners’ strike (1984–1985) during the Thatcher government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor of EnglishUniversity of HullHullUK

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