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Picture of Englishness Revisited

Englishness Revisited

Editor(s): Floriane Reviron-Piégay
Contributors: Christine Berberich, Sophie Aymes, Anna Tomczak, Jean-Philippe Heberle, Keith Dixon, Laetitia Langlois,

Book Description

What is Englishness? Is there such a thing as a national temperament, is there a character or an identity which can be claimed to be specifically English? This collection of articles seeks to answer these questions by offering a kaleidoscopic vision of Englishness since the eighteenth century, a vision that acknowledges stereotypes while at the same time challenging them. Englishness is defined in contrast to Britishness, the Celtic fringe—Scotland in particular—Europe and the Continent at large. The effects of the Empire and of its loss are examined together with other socio-economic factors such as the two World Wars, de-industrialization and the different waves of immigration. Through a careful analysis of the arts, literature, philosophy, historiography, cultural and political studies produced in England and on the Continent over the last three centuries, a composite image of Englishness emerges, somewhere between centre and periphery, tradition and innovation, transience and timelessness, rurality and urbanity, commitment and isolation. Englishness is thus revealed as a protean concept, one which, whether it is a historical or political construct, a genuine emanation of a national desire or a simulacrum, retains its fascination and this volume offers keys to understanding its diverse expressions.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0595-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0595-5
Date of Publication: 01/06/2009
Pages / Size: 425 / A5
Price: £49.99


Floriane Reviron-Piégay lectures in nineteenth- and twentieth- century English Literature at the University of Burgundy. She is working on the transition from the Victorian Age to Modernism and on the relationships between fiction, auto/biography and travel writing. She has published a number of articles on Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey and the Bloomsbury group.