The Return of England in English Literature

Hardcover | September 4, 2012

byMichael Gardiner

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This lively and wide-ranging study argues that English Literature as typically understood has not been English, but tailored to UK state needs, and that it has blocked a literature of England, which has nevertheless recently become irresistible. Going back through twentieth century literary and cultural history, it shows that this re-emergence has risen unevenly since the 1910s, and has struggled against the foundations of the discipline, which it sees in the reaction against the French Revolution. Where after 1815 English Literature helped to export a certain idea of a pre-existing canon in empire, these conditions have now decayed to the extent that a re-emergence of a 'placed' literature of England is inevitable. This study relates the emergence of England in literature to the constitutional changes which have unwound in devolution, and shows that these intimately related moments of rupture will have widespread impact on the Humanities.

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This lively and wide-ranging study argues that English Literature as typically understood has not been English, but tailored to UK state needs, and that it has blocked a literature of England, which has nevertheless recently become irresistible. Going back through twentieth century literary and cultural history, it shows that this re-e...

MICHAEL GARDINER is Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies  at the University of Warwick, UK. His books include The Cultural Roots of British Devolution, Scottish Critical Theory Since 1960 and the forthcoming The Constitution of English Literature. He is also on the editorial boards of Textual Practic...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.87 × 5.66 × 0.84 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230319475

ISBN - 13:9780230319479

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'A brilliant book which makes other books on Englishness pale in comparison' - Professor Adam Piette, University of Sheffield, UK