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Literature of an independent England : revisions of England, Englishness and English literature

Author: Claire Westall; Michael Gardiner
Publisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This interdisciplinary collection is a first step in the process of dismantling the imperial and unionist dominance of the discipline of English Literature and building a literary history and national literature of England. The collection brings together some of the best known and most incisive commentators on England, Englishness and English Literature from political and literary fields in order to rethink the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Westall; Michael Gardiner
ISBN: 9781137035233 1137035234 9781299764743 1299764746
OCLC Number: 829739909
Description: xi, 253 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / Claire Westall and Michael Gardiner --
Part I: The politics of English independence --
1. Understanding the Post-British English Nation State / Andrew Mycock --
2. The Future of 'the Global Kingdom': Post-Unionism, Post-Nationalism and the Politics of Voice, Loyalty and Exit / Gerry Hassan --
3. 'England is the country and the country is England': But what of the politics? / Arthur Aughey --
Part II: England in English literature's canon --
4. Romantic Englishness: Periodical Writing and National Identity after the Napoleonic Wars / David Higgins --
5. 'Out-of-the-way Asiatic disease': Contagion, Malingering and Sherlock's England / Pablo Mukherjee --
6. A.J. Cook, D.H. Lawrence and Revolutionary England: Discourses and Performances of Region and Nation in 1926 / Simon Featherstone --
7. 'England am I ... ': Eugenics, Devolution, and Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts / John Brannigan --
8. Orwell's England and Blair's Britain: Warm Beer and Cold War / Willy Maley --
9. Anticipating the Neoliberal Nation: Philip Larkin and the Displacement of Englishness / Graham MacPhee --
Part III: England's contemporary literary landscape --
10. J.G. Ballard's Traumatised and Traumatising Englishness / Philip Tew --
11. England, Devolution and Fictional Kingdoms / Christine Berberich --
12. Black English Writing and Post-British England / John McLeod --
13. Devolution and Cultural Catch-Up: Decoupling England and its Literature from English Literature / Hywel Dix --
Part IV: English literature as British ideology --
14. English Literature as Ideology / Michael Gardiner --
15. The New Rise and Fall of English Literature / Claire Westall --
Afterword; Anthony Barnett --
Select Bibliography.
Responsibility: edited by Claire Westall, Lecturer, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York, Michael Gardiner, Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick.

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