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Nathan Waddell

Cancel Culture, Extreme Politics and Apology

Hay Festival 2022, 

What’s the link between extreme politics and apology? The painter and writer Wyndham Lewis (1882–1957) was central to interwar British culture but his so-called ‘flirtation’ with fascism tarnished his reputation, and he became victim of what we now call cancel culture. Yet his penitent anti-fascist writings of the 1940s and 1950s are almost unknown, and he remains unappreciated as a radical critic of authority. Nathan Waddell is Associate Professor in Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Birmingham.

Nathan Waddell