Asha Rogers new book State Sponsored Literature: Britain and Cultural Diversity after 1945 has been published by Oxford University Press.

Asha Rogers’ newly published book, State Sponsored Literature: Britain and Cultural Diversity after 1945 argues that the modern state was a major material condition of literature, even as its efforts were relative, partial, and prone to disruption. 

State Sponsored Literature by Asha Rogers book cover

State Sponsored Literature therefore retells the story of literature’s place in post-war Britain through original analysis of the institutional forces behind canon-formation and contestation, from the literature programmes of the British Council and Arts Council and the UK’s fraught relations with UNESCO, to GCSE literature anthologies and the origins of The Satanic Verses in migrant Camden.

Visit the State Sponsored Literature website to explore the history of state literary funding in Britain