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By Roger Ebbatson

In his hugely theorised and unique e-book, Roger Ebbatson lines the emergence of conceptions of britain and Englishness from 1840 to 1920. His examine concentrates on poetry and fiction by means of authors comparable to Alfred Lord Tennyson, Richard Jefferies, Thomas Hardy, Q, Rupert Brooke and D.H. Lawrence, interpreting them as a physique of labor by which a sequence of problematical English identities are imaginatively built. Of specific predicament is the best way literary landscapes function symptoms not just of id but additionally of distinction. Ebbatson demonstrates how a feeling of cultural rootedness is contested throughout the interval via the reports of these at the societal margins, even if sexual, nationwide, social or racial, leading to a sense of homelessness even within the such a lot self-consciously 'English' texts. within the face of slow imperial and commercial decline, Ebbatson argues, international and colonial cultures performed an important position in remodeling Englishness from a sturdy physique of values and reports right into a even more ambiguous notion in non-stop clash with components at the geographical or mental 'periphery'.

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