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Author Habermann, Ina, 1965-
Title Myth, memory and the middlebrow [electronic resource] : Priestley,du Maurier and the symbolic form of Englishness / Ina Habermann
Imprint Basingstoke [U.K.] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
book jacket
Descript ix, 242 p
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-234) and index
Identity: Englishness and the Reconfiguration of the Nation -- Myth:Ideology, Symbolic Forms and the 'mythical present' -- Memory: Shapingthe Present out of the Past -- Media: Challenging Modernism: the 'middlebrow' and Memodrama -- Steak-and-Kidney Pie in the Land of Cockaigne -- English Journeys -- Addressing the People -- English Dreamtime in Cornwall -- From Gothic to Memodrama -- The Skeleton in the Cupboard
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Globalisation, devolution and the challenges of a postcolonial and multicultural society havefuelled the debate about national identity inBritain in recent years. Notions of individual and collective identityhave revolved around a number of stereotypes of 'Britishness' or 'Englishness' whichappear ever more incongruous. This study suggests that these debates still draw on discourses of Englishness which were shaped in the interwar period and amplified in Second World War propaganda. From the 1920s to the 1940s, Englishness as a form of collective and cultural identity can be describedasa 'symbolic form', comprising specific notions of the people and their relationship to the country,most powerfully visualized in landscapes embodying a 'mythical present'. 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 a fresh and innovative approach to literary negotiations of cultural identity
Link Print version: Habermann, Ina, 1965- Myth, memory and the middlebrow. Basingstoke [U.K.] ;New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 9780230241367 (DLC) 2010004779 (OCoLC)503655324
Subject English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
National characteristics, English, in literature
Nationalism and literature -- England -- History -- 20th century
Group identity -- England -- History -- 20th century
Priestley, J. B. (John Boynton), 1894-1984 -- Criticism and interpretation
Du Maurier, Daphne, 1907-1989 -- Criticism and interpretation
England -- In literature
Electronic books. local
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