Writing Englishness, 1900-1950 : an introductory sourcebook on national identity (Book, 1995) [WorldCat.org]
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Writing Englishness, 1900-1950 : an introductory sourcebook on national identity

Writing Englishness, 1900-1950 : an introductory sourcebook on national identity

Author: Judy Giles; Tim Middleton
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The period 1900-1950 witnessed fierce debate over what constituted Englishness. Two world wars drew sharp attention to concepts of national identity, whilst the economic crises of the 1920s and 1930s suggested an England in which many were dispossessed and excluded as a result of poverty and unemployment. The writings included in Writing Englishness invite the question 'What does it mean to say I am English?'  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Literary collections
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Judy Giles; Tim Middleton
ISBN: 0415114411 9780415114417 041511442X 9780415114424 9780203360033 0203360036
OCLC Number: 31936062
Description: xi, 285 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1900-1950: A Chronology --
1. J.B. Priestley, Little Englanders: From English Journey (1934) --
2. E.M. Forster, If one wanted to show a foreigner England ... : From Howards End (1910) --
3. W.H. Davies, England: From Our Nation's Heritage (1939) --
4. D.H. Lawrence, I don't like England very much, but ... : From The Letters of D.H. Lawrence (1932) --
5. E.M. Forster, Middle-class people smell: From Selected Letters of E.M. Forster: Volume 1: 1879-1920 --
6. Phillip Gibbs, Here, then, is something of England ... : From England Speaks (1935) --
7. J.H. Thomas, I do foresee a far happier England ... : From When Labour Rules (1920) --
8. Arnold Bennett, An honest and naive goodwill ... in the very air of England: From The Old Wives' Tale (1908) --
9. E.M. Forster, Why has not England a great mythology?: From Howards End (1910) --
10. T.S. Eliot, What is part of our culture is also part of our lived religion: From Notes Towards the Definition of Culture (1948) --
11. C.F.G. Masterman, We cannot help being interested in ourselves: From The Condition of England (1909) --
12. Ford Madox Ford, The Englishman feels very deeply and reasons very little: From The Spirit of the People (1907) --
13. Phillip Gibbs, The soul of England spoke again ... : From England Speaks (1935) --
14. Sir Ernest Barker, Some Constants of the English Character: From The Character of England (1947) --
15. Arthur Mee, The nation is a living body: From The Children's Encyclopedia --
16. Wyndham Lewis, Dear old Great Britain has to take in partners: From The Hitler Cult (1939) --
17. Jan Struther, Back from Abroad: From Mrs. Miniver (1939) --
18. Edward Thomas, The Village: From The Heart of England (1906) --
19. H.V. Morton, The fun it is to tramp from town to town ... : From In Search of England (1927) --
20. Edmund Blunden, How much that we loved is going or gone!: From The Face of England (1932) --
21. H.V. Morton, We may not revive the English village of the old days ... : From In Search of England (1927) --
22. J.W. Robertson-Scott, A community which has almost always been hovel housed: From England's Green and Pleasant Land: The Truth Attempted (1925) --
23. Stanley Baldwin, England is the country, and the country is England: From On England (1926) --
24. J.B. Priestley, The Three Englands: From English Journey (1934) --
25. Virginia Woolf, Her sex and class has very little to thank England for ... : From Three Guineas (1938) --
26. Ernest Raymond, I see a death in No Man's Land to-morrow as a wonderful thing: From Tell England: A Study in a Generation (1922) --
27. Rupert Brooke, The Soldier: From 1914 and Other Poems (1915) --
28. Siegfried Sassoon, Memorial Tablet (1919): From Georgian Poetry --
29. Edward Thomas, As the Team's Head Brass (c.1915): From The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas --
30. J.B. Priestley, Talk from 21 July 1940: From All England Listened: The Wartime Broadcasts of J.B. Priestley --
31. Mass Observation National Panel Member, Conscripts' attitudes to war politics (April 1940): From Speak for Yourself: A Mass Observation Anthology 1937-49 --
32. Winston S. Churchill, Victory --
victory at all costs ... : From Into Battle: War Speeches by Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill (1941) --
33. Winston S. Churchill, We shall go on to the end ... : From Into Battle: War Speeches by Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill (1941) --
34. Herbert Morrison, Let us take stock of ourselves: From Looking Ahead: Wartime Speeches by the Right Hon. Herbert Morrison (1943) --
35. Winston S. Churchill, VE Speeches: From Victory: War Speeches by Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill (1945) --
36. Winston S. Churchill, Address to the King: From Victory: War Speeches by Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill (1945) --
37. Mass Observation ATS Clerk, Diary account of VE Day From Wartime Women --
38. Ministry of Information, Programme for film propaganda: From Documentary Newsletter (1940) --
39. Jan Struther, From Needing Danger: From Mrs. Miniver (1939) --
40. Newbolt Committee, The bulk of our people ... are unconsciously living starved existences: From The Teaching of English in England (1921) --
41. Newbolt Committee, Middle-class trivialities: From The Teaching of English in England (1921) --
42. James Bone, We make two pretty things grow where one idea grew before: From 'The Tendencies of Modern Artificial (1913) --
43. Pont, Short story in the new manner: From The British Character: Studied and Revealed by Pont (1938) --
44. Winifred Holtby, Mistaking the grotesque for the beautiful: From Letters to a Friend (1937) --
45. Frank Swinnerton, Ill mannered and pretentious dilettanti: From The Georgian Literary Scene (1935) --
46. Vita Sackville-West, The English man is seen at his best the moment that another man starts throwing a ball at him: From The Character of England (1947) --
47. Neville Cardus, Cricket at Shastbury: From Good Days (1931) --
48. J.B. Priestley, Sunday Evenings: From English Journey (1934) --
49. J.B. Priestley, Blackpool: From English Journey (1934) --
50. George Orwell, 'Boys' Weeklies: From Collected Letters, Essays and Journalism (1939) --
51. Pearl Jephcott, Girls Growing Up: From Girls Growing Up (1943) --
52. Ebenezer Howard, Garden Cities: From Garden Cities of Tomorrow (1902) --
53. John Buchan, Fellows like me don't understand ... the folk that live in villas and suburbs: From The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) --
54. Rupert Brooke, The Old Vicarage, Grantchester: From 1914 and Other Poems (1915) --
55. Daphne du Maurier, Losing Manderley: From Rebecca (1938) --
56. James Laver, Homes and Habits: From The Character of England (1947) --
57. Lord Kennett, Muddleford: From The Character of England (1947) --
58. Osbert Lancaster, English is the only language that has a word for "home": From Progress at Pelvis Bay (1936) --
59. Stephen Taylor, The Suburban Neurosis: From the Lancet (1938) --
60. Anonymous, Correspondence on housing estates: From the Birmingham Mail (1931) --
61. J.B. Priestley, Rusty Lane, West Bromwich: From English Journey (1934) --
62. D.H. Lawrence, Nottingham and the Mining Country: From the New Adelphi (1930) --
63. H.V. Morton, What I Saw in the Slums: From Labour Party pamphlet (1933) --
64. H.V. Morton, Wigan: From In Search of England (1927) --
Appendix: Suggested activities and further reading.
Responsibility: edited by Judy Giles and Tim Middleton.
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What did it mean in the first half of this century to say `I am English'? This is a unique collection of extracts from 1900-1950, all of which raise this question. Draws on a range of poems, fiction,  Read more...


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`... provides a strong and clear image of the ideas of englishness ...' - D Deletant, London Univ

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