Christine Berberich shows that the English gentleman has proven to be a remarkably adaptable and relevant ideal that continues to influence not only literature but other forms of representation, including the media and advertising industries. Paying particular attention to the relationship of nostalgia to 'Englishness', Berberich demonstrates that twentieth-century depictions of the gentleman have much to tell us about rapidly changing conceptions of national, class, and gender identity.
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About the Author
Christine Berberich is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, UK.
Table of ContentsContents: Part I The Gentleman, Englishness and Nostalgia: Approaches, Explanations, Definitions: The gentleman - an elusive term; From knight to public-school boy - following the gentleman through the ages; A popular literary trope - a brief history of the gentleman in literature. Part II Of Heroes, Survivors and Dinosaurs: The Gentleman in 20th-Century Literature: The survival of the gentleman - Siegfried Sassoon, England and the sporting gentleman; Dancing to the music of Widmerpool - the gentleman in Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time; Arcadia revisited? Evelyn Waugh's gentlemen; A pillar upholding nothing: nostalgia, Englishness and the English gentleman in Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. Part III The End of the Line?: Regression and reaction: past realities and future possibilities; Bibliography; Index.