Literary Englands: Versions of 'Englishness' in Modern Writing

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 21, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 280 pages
In our time TEnglishnesst 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 the contemporary meanings of TEnglishnesst 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.

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Contents

An England of holes and corners
28
exiles in the homeland
67
George Sturt and village England
102
F R Leavis and T S Eliot
133
Waugh and Orwell
156
Larkin Betjeman and the aftermath of England
185
Geoffrey Hill and the floating of nostalgia
220
A homemade past
270
Index
276
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