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Cultural Identities and the Aesthetics of Britishness : Studies in Imperialism - Dana Arnold

Cultural Identities and the Aesthetics of Britishness

Studies in Imperialism

By: Dana Arnold (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780719067693
Number Of Pages: 224

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This book examines British imperial, colonial and postcolonial national identities within their political and social contexts. By considering the export, adoption and creation of such cultural identities, these essays show how nationhood and nationalism are self-consciously defined tools designed to focus and inspire loyalty. The contributors present these ideas with particular reference to English cultural identity and its interaction with the "Empire." They examine the national, imperial and colonial aesthetic--how architecture, landscape, painting, sculpture and literature were used, appropriated and re-appropriated in the furtherance of social and political agendas, and how this impacted on the making of "Britishness" in all its complexities. It is demonstrated that not only did the dominant aesthetic culture reinforce the dominant political and social ideology, it also re-presented and re-constructed the notion of British national identity.

List of illustrationsp. vi
General editor's introductionp. viii
Notes on contributorsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Robert Bowyer's Historic Gallery and the feminization of the 'nation'p. 15
Re-visioning landscape in Wales and New South Wales, c. 1760-1840p. 35
The country house is just like a flagp. 53
Trans-planting national cultures: the Phoenix Park, Dublin (1832-49), an urban heterotopia?p. 67
Two nations, twice: national identity in The Wild Irish Girl and Sybilp. 87
Monumental nationalism: Layard's Assyrian discoveries and the formations of British national identityp. 99
Union and display in nineteenth-century Irelandp. 111
Gentlemen connoisseurs and capitalists: modern British imperial identity in the 1903 Delhi durbar's exhibition of Indian artp. 134
Albion's legacy--myth, history and 'the Matter of Britain'p. 164
Architecture and 'national projection' between the warsp. 182
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780719067693
ISBN-10: 0719067693
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35