Literary Englands: Versions of Englishness in Modern Writing by David GervaisLiterary Englands: Versions of Englishness in Modern Writing by David Gervais

Literary Englands: Versions of Englishness in Modern Writing

byDavid Gervais

Paperback | May 15, 2008

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In our time Englishness has become a theme for speculation rather than dogma; twentieth-century writers have found it an elusive and ambivalent concept, a cue for nostalgia or for a sense of exile and loss. Literary Englands meditates on modern meanings of Englishness and explores some of the ways in which a sense of nationality has informed and shaped the work of a range of writers including Edward Thomas, Forster and Lawrence, Leavis and George Sturt, Orwell and Evelyn Waugh, Betjeman, Larkin and Geoffrey Hill.
Title:Literary Englands: Versions of Englishness in Modern WritingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521061938

ISBN - 13:9780521061933

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1. The nineteenth century: pastoral versions of England; 2. Edward Thomas: an England of 'holes and corners'; 3. Forster and Lawrence: exiles in the homeland; 4. Late witness: George Sturt and village England; 5. Contending Englands: F. R. Leavis and T. S. Eliot; 6. Englands within England: Waugh and Orwell; 7. Larkin, Betjeman and the aftermath of 'England'; 8. Geoffrey Hill and the 'floating of nostalgia'; Afterword: a homemade past; Index.

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"Gervais as a critic is often both sensible and acute." John Bayley, Times Literary Supplement