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Novels That Shaped Our World

Novels That Shaped Our World reflects on how the power of the novel in English effected change here and abroad through the 19th and 20th centuries.

With key moments from novels brought to life with dramatic performances and readings, British and International novelists talk about the novels that have meant most to them, as the series follows the story of how the novel has reflected our historic social struggles and been instrumental in effecting change.

Show Info

Network: United Kingdom BBC Two (2019 - now)
Schedule: Saturdays at 21:45 (60 min)
Status: Running
Show Type: Documentary
Episodes ordered: 3 episodes

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The Empire Writes Back

Episode 1x02; Nov 16, 2019

Episode two examines the response to race and empire, from Robinson Crusoe and Uncle Tom's Cabin to Things Fall Apart and Wide Sargasso Sea, as well as lesser known but groundbreaking work such as Aphra Benn's Oroonoko to Samuel Selvon's Lonely Londo

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1x01: A Woman's PlaceNov 9, 2019
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