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By Roger Ebbatson

ISBN-10: 0754650928

ISBN-13: 9780754650928

In his hugely theorised and unique ebook, Roger Ebbatson strains the emergence of conceptions of britain and Englishness from 1840 to 1920. His examine concentrates on poetry and fiction by way of authors akin to Alfred Lord Tennyson, Richard Jefferies, Thomas Hardy, Q, Rupert Brooke and D.H. Lawrence, interpreting them as a physique of labor in which a chain of problematical English identities are imaginatively built. Of specific trouble is the way in which literary landscapes function symptoms not just of id but in addition of distinction. Ebbatson demonstrates how a feeling of cultural rootedness is contested in the course of the interval through the reviews 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 slow imperial and commercial decline, Ebbatson argues, international and colonial cultures performed a vital function in remodeling Englishness from a good physique of values and reviews right into a even more ambiguous suggestion in non-stop clash with components at the geographical or mental 'periphery'.

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