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Cultural Identities and the Aesthetics of Britishness
     

Cultural Identities and the Aesthetics of Britishness

by Dana Arnold (Editor)
 

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The need for a single public culture -- or the creation of an authentic identity -- is fundamental to our understanding of nationalism and nationhood. But how are these cultural identities expressed? This book examines British imperial and colonial national identities within their political and social contexts. By considering the export, adoption and creation of such

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The need for a single public culture -- or the creation of an authentic identity -- is fundamental to our understanding of nationalism and nationhood. But how are these cultural identities expressed? This book examines British imperial and colonial national identities within their political and social contexts. By considering the export, adoption and creation of such cultural identities, these essays show how nationhood and nationalism are self-consciously defined tools designed to focus and inspire loyalty. As such, they are integral to the larger process of constructing a public culture.

The contributors to this fascinating and timely collection present these ideas with particular reference to British cultural identity and its interaction with the 'empire'. They examine the national, imperial and colonial aesthetic -- how architecture, landscape, prints, painting, monuments and literature were used, appropriated and re-appropriated in the furtherance of social and political agendas, and how this impacted on the making of 'Britishness' in all its complexities. It is demonstrated that aesthetic culture re-enforced the dominant political and social ideology as well as representing and reconstructing the notion of British national identity.

Cultural identities and the aesthetics of Britishness will be of interest to those studying the effect of the empire on Britain, and to those researching wider issues of British identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719067686
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
04/17/2004
Series:
Studies in Imperialism Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Dana Arnold is Professor of Architectural History, University of Southampton and Director of the Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism

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