Landscape and Englishness

Robert Burden, Stephan Kohl
Rodopi, 2006 - 266 pagina's
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In the papers collected in this, the first volume of the Spatial Practices series, Englishness is reflected in the spaces it occupies or dwells in. Broadly influenced by a renewed and growing interest in questions of cultural identity, its emergence in Victorian theories and fictions of nationality, and the new cultural geography, the papers cover a rich variety of spaces and places which have been appropriated for cultural meanings: the rural countryside and farmland of the Home Counties in the early nineteenth century as Arcadian idyll in Cobbett, as the land to die for in war propaganda, and as nostalgia for a unified, organic English culture in Lawrence, Morton and Priestley's travel writing, but also in the Shell Tourist Guides to motoring in rural England; English moorland; the sacred geographies of monuments in Hardy and others; the traditional seaside deconstructed in Martin Parr's photography, and the sea as English Victorian imperial territory and its symbolic breezes in Froude's travel writing. The English landscape is also a paradigm for the description of other places in D. H. Lawrence's travel writing or for the colonial territory itself in Rushdie's writing India, a displacement of other landscapes. This collection of papers examines the assumption that constructions of rural England provide the basis for an understanding of Englishness.

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Notes on Contributors
Englishness and Spatial Practices
Choropoetics Reciprocal Spatial Realities and Holistic Spatial Semantics in William Rentons The Fork of the Road 1876
Elaborations of the Image Schemas UP and DOWN
The Tourist Construction of Agriculture and Landscape in William Cobbetts Rural Rides 1830
Character Identity and Nationality in the English Novel
Froudes Oceana and the Writing of the Sea
Stonehenge Englishness English Fiction
Cultural Difference and the Critique of Modernity in D H Lawrences Twilight in Italy 1916 and Other Travel Writing
Travelogue and Nation Between the Wars
An Invention of the Motor Industries?
Cultural Constructions of Englishness
Martin Parrs Photographic DeConstructions of Englishness
Fictions Alternative Histories

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Robert Burden is Reader in English Studies in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Teesside, UK where he teaches modern literature and culture. He is the author of Radicalizing Lawrence (Rodopi, 2000), and is writing a book on travel writing, gender, and imperialism.
Stephan Kohl is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Würzburg University. He publishes on 19th and 20th-century British literature and culture. He is editor of 'Anglistik' Research Paradigms and Institutional Policies, 1930-2000 (2005).

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