By Roger Ebbatson

ISBN-10: 0754650928

ISBN-13: 9780754650928

In his hugely theorised and unique e-book, Roger Ebbatson strains the emergence of conceptions of britain and Englishness from 1840 to 1920. His examine concentrates on poetry and fiction through authors comparable to Alfred Lord Tennyson, Richard Jefferies, Thomas Hardy, Q, Rupert Brooke and D.H. Lawrence, analyzing them as a physique of labor during which a chain of not easy English identities are imaginatively built. Of specific difficulty is the best way literary landscapes function symptoms not just of id but in addition of distinction. Ebbatson demonstrates how a feeling of cultural rootedness is contested through the interval by way of the stories of these at the societal margins, no matter if sexual, nationwide, social or racial, leading to a sense of homelessness even within the such a lot self-consciously 'English' texts. within the face of sluggish imperial and business decline, Ebbatson argues, overseas and colonial cultures performed an important function in reworking Englishness from a strong physique of values and stories right into a even more ambiguous inspiration in non-stop clash with elements at the geographical or mental 'periphery'.

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