Devolving English Literature / Edition 2

Devolving English Literature / Edition 2

by Robert Crawford
     
 

ISBN-10: 074861429X

ISBN-13: 9780748614295

Pub. Date: 02/15/2001

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

This widely-praised book looks at the rise and fall of 'Britishness' in literature over the last three centuries. Arguing that for much of its history the subject of 'English Literature' has been bound up with an assumed English cultural centre, Devolving English Literature examines the literary construction and questioning of a British (rather than simply English)

Overview

This widely-praised book looks at the rise and fall of 'Britishness' in literature over the last three centuries. Arguing that for much of its history the subject of 'English Literature' has been bound up with an assumed English cultural centre, Devolving English Literature examines the literary construction and questioning of a British (rather than simply English) literary identity. Surveying eighteenth and nineteenth-century writers, including Robert Burns, James Boswell, Walter Scott and Thomas Carlyle, Robert Crawford remaps literary history. He argues that Scottish and non-metropolitan authors left a crucial legacy to American literature, to the developing subject of anthropology, and to twentieth-century Modernism. In the work of T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Hugh MacDiarmid and other Modernists there persist vitally 'provincial' as well as national elements. These continue to nourish the verse of sophisticated post-British 'barbarian' poets such as Seamus Heaney, Tony Harrison, D

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748614295
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2001
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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