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Literary Englands : Versions of 'Englishness' in Modern Writing - David Gervais

Literary Englands

Versions of 'Englishness' in Modern Writing

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Published: 29th October 1993
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In our time Englishness has become a theme for speculation rather than dogma; twentieth-century writers have found it an elusive and ambivalent concept, a cue for nostalgia or for a sense of exile and loss. Literary Englands meditates on modern meanings of Englishness and explores some of the ways in which a sense of nationality has informed and shaped the work of a range of writers including Edward Thomas, Forster and Lawrence, Leavis and George Sturt, Orwell and Evelyn Waugh, Betjeman, Larkin and Geoffrey Hill.

"...a wide-ranging discussion of what constitutes 'literary Englands' or 'literary Englishness' in the works of a group of important British authors...readable and lucidly presented...Highly recommended." Choice "Gervais as a critic is often both sensible and acute." John Bayley, Times Literary Supplement

Preface
Acknowledgements
The nineteenth century: pastoral versions of England
Edward Thomas: and England of 'holes and corners'
Forster and Lawrence: exiles in the homeland
Late witness: George Sturt and village England
Contending Englands: F. R. Leavis and T. S. Eliot
Englands within England: Waugh and Orwell
Larkin, Betjeman and the aftermath of 'England'
Geoffrey Hill and the 'floating of nostalgia'
Afterword: a homemade past
Index
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ISBN: 9780521443388
ISBN-10: 0521443385
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 29th October 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52