Mapping the Wessex Novel: Landscape, History and the Parochial in British Literature, 1870-1940

Mapping the Wessex Novel: Landscape, History and the Parochial in British Literature, 1870-1940

by Andrew Radford

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Mapping the Wessex Novel: Landscape, History and the Parochial in British Literature, 1870-1940 by Andrew Radford

By discussing the work of Thomas Hardy, Richard Jefferies, John Cowper Powys and Mary Butts, Mapping the Wessex Novel imaginatively maps and excavates various districts of the ‘west country' so as radically to redefine the ‘parochial'; while being keenly aware of their own status as natives locked into complex histories of self-exile and returban, estrangement and ardent identification.

Contributing to the growing research on space and place in Victorian and Modernist writing, Radford uses the analysis of these writers as a lens through which to inspect the relationship between rural periphery and metropolitan centre; contested ideologies of ‘Englishness' and the form of the national past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441131591
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/04/2012
Series: Continuum Literary Studies Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrew Radford teaches British and American Literature at the University of York, UK.

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