The Enchanted Glass: Britain and Its Monarchy

The Enchanted Glass: Britain and Its Monarchy

by Tom Nairn

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844677757
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 11/07/2011
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Tom Nairn‘s many books include The Break-up of Britain, Faces of Nationalism, After Britain, and The Enchanted Glass. He writes for, among others, New Left Review and the London Review of Books.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 2011 Edition vii

Foreword to the 1994 Edition xvii

Introduction 9

1 The Mystery

A People's Monarchy 19

Are We All Mad? 23

Mystic Significance of a Small Bald Patch 25

Royalty and Fashion 29

Royalty Versus Celebrity 34

In the Doll's House: Crawfie Lives 36

What Are They Really Like? 43

Taboo-supported Niceness 46

Taboo and Idiot-Theory 50

Royalty and Civilization: the Mystery Deepens 55

Respectable and Popular Monarchy 59

Queenspeak 62

The Royal Touch 71

Regal Walkabout 74

Imponderable Insipidities 80

Tea with the Queen 84

Through the Wrong End of the Telescope: Ukania 88

2 The Nation

A Special Explanation 101

Digression on Family Pets 103

'Disavowal' 111

Sociology of Grovelling, Part 1 115

Sociology of Grovelling, Part 2 120

Enchantment in Retrospect 124

Monarchy and Nationalism 127

The Enchanted Glass

English Nationality 131

Leviathan and Later 137

Kings at Nightfall 142

'Parliamentary Sovereignty' 144

The Modern Venice 151

The Containment of Modernity 156

The Modernization of George III 163

Folklore from Above 174

The Royal Etiquette-lesson 189

Playing the Royal Game 197

The Heart of Archaism 203

3 The Glamour of Backwardness

Bustard Identity 213

Nationalism in Satin Breeches 216

A So-Called English Prince 222

All Manner of Folk 226

The Nerves of Fetishism 234 The Outward-looking and the Backward-looking 246

The Royal Bomb: Implosions of Greatness 251 'Class': the Totem-Shadow 260

The Monarchy of Letters 269

Speech and Silence of the Crown: Spectrogram of Greatness 277

Kitsch Identity: Sinuosity of the Truly Royal 291

Estates of the Reaim 298

The Royal Prerogative 315

4 Quiet Republicanism From Bang to Whimper 325

'Getting Rid of It Altogether 331

Pseudo-Feudal Socialism 339

T.S. Eliot and Clap-trap: Fathomable Givenness 345

Bagehot:Dressing up the Mace 356

Chief Malefactor: 'The English Constitution' 360

Sooner Than One Thinks 371

Endless Dream-time? 377

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