The notion that fiction is a force for moral good derives from the age of revolution. But imaginative empathy does not always translate into egalitarian politics, argues Lyndsey Stonebridge. What do we want our books to do that we cannot?
Professor of modern literature and history at the University of East Anglia. Her book Placeless People: Rights, Writing and Refugees will be published by Oxford University Press.
No place like home
A concise history of statelessness
The twentieth century unleashed the spectre of statelessness into the world. Lyndsey Stonebridge explores how the modern history of refugees has shaped not only the lives of the stateless but also the lives, rights and securities of those who think of themselves as happily at home.