Simon Featherstone

in Englishness

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748623655
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651764 | DOI:

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This chapter studies the books and essays of recorded journeys in search of England. It explains how the narrative conventions of gender develop more challenging inquiries into the nature of English modernity. It looks at the two basic premises where the literature of national travel between the First and Second World Wars was founded upon. The chapter determines that the act of travelling in England during the first decades of the twentieth century gave a means of describing the nation in a popular literary genre that emphasised random revelations and identities defined through the rural communities and landscapes.

Keywords: recorded journeys; narrative conventions; national travel; literary genre; identities; rural communities

Chapter.  8009 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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