Myth, Memory and the Middlebrow: Priestley, du Maurier and the Symbolic Form of Englishness by I. Habermann

Myth, Memory and the Middlebrow: Priestley, du Maurier and the Symbolic Form of Englishness

byI. Habermann

Hardcover | May 19, 2010

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This study explores Englishness as a 'symbolic form' from the 1920s to the 1940s. Two case studies, focused on J.B. Priestley and Daphne du Maurier, explore crucial ways in which popular 'middlebrow' authors imagine and shape the nation, providing an innovative approach to literary negotiations of cultural identity.

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INA HABERMANN is Professor of English at the University of Basel and Director of the Centre of Competence Cultural Topographies founded in 2009. She teaches English literature and culture since the Renaissance and is the author of a study on early modern drama and the law entitled Staging Slander and Gender in Early Modern England (20...
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Title:Myth, Memory and the Middlebrow: Priestley, du Maurier and the Symbolic Form of EnglishnessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:May 19, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230241360

ISBN - 13:9780230241367

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
PART I INTRODUCTION: ENGLISHNESS AS A SYMBOLIC FORM 
Identity: Englishness and the reconfiguration of the nation
Myth: Ideology, symbolic forms and the 'mythical present'
Memory: Shaping the present out of the past
Media: Challenging modernism: the 'middlebrow' and memodrama
PART II J.B. PRIESTLEY: SHAPING COMMUNITIES
Steak-and-Kidney Pie in the Land of Cockaigne
English Journeys
Addressing the People
PART III: DAPHNE DU MAURIER: (DE-)FAMILIARIZING THE NATION
English Dreamtime in Cornwall
From Gothic to Memodrama
The Skeleton in the Cupboard
Notes
Index