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History doesn’t relate: <i>England, England</i>

Peter Childs

in Julian Barnes

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719081064
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700020 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719081064.003.0009
History doesn’t relate: England, England

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England, England (1998) is a fictional study around issues such as the creation of the past, the re-fashioning of an imagined national community, and in particular the telling and selling of England. It explores the relationships between heritage and commercialism, history and exploitation, imitation and reality. It is a fantasy, but one that has many recent echoes and real-life parallels. Its central story is that of a powerful businessman who plans to turn the Isle of Wight into a colossal theme park so that tourists will not have to traipse from Dover to London to Stratford-on-Avon to Chester. It counterposes the pomp of Sir Jack Pitman's service-sector magnate with Martha Cochrane's everyday scepticism.

Keywords: England; national community; Isle of Wight; Martha Cochrane; Sir Jack Pitman

Chapter.  7749 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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