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‘Almost Ashamed of England Being so English’: Woolf and Ideas of Englishness

Julia Briggs

in Reading Virginia Woolf

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624348
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651856 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624348.003.0014
‘Almost Ashamed of England Being so English’: Woolf and Ideas of Englishness

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This chapter takes a look at Woolf’s shame at being so English, beginning with a discussion of ‘Englishness’, which grew out of changing and social conditions. It then identifies the aspects of Englishness that helped bring back a sense of the past and criticised the more sinister aspects of nationalism, and lists the aspects about England and Englishness that Woolf disliked, which are reflected in some of her novels.

Keywords: Englishness; nationalism; changing conditions

Chapter.  8756 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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