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Author Habermann, Ina, 1965-

Title Myth, memory and the middlebrow : Priestley, du Maurier and the symbolic form of Englishness / Ina Habermann
Published Basingstoke [U.K.] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 242 pages)
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; Part I: Introduction: Englishness as a Symbolic Form; 1 Identity: Englishness and the Reconfiguration of the Nation; 2 Myth: Ideologies, Symbolic Forms and the 'Mythical Present'; 3 Memory: Shaping the Present out of the Past; 4 Media: Challenging Modernism -- the 'Middlebrow' and Memodrama; Part II: J.B. Priestley: Shaping Communities; 5 Steak-and-Kidney Pie in the Land of Cockaigne; 6 English Journeys; 7 Addressing the People; Part III: Daphne du Maurier: (De- )Familiarizing the Nation; 8 Dreamtime in Cornwall; 9 From Gothic to Memodrama
Summary This study explores Englishness as a 'symbolic form' from the 1920s to the 1940s. Two case studies, focused on J.B. Priestley and Daphne du Maurier, explore crucial ways in which popular 'middlebrow' authors imagine and shape the nation, providing an innovative approach to literary negotiations of cultural identity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-234) and index
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Subject Du Maurier, Daphne, 1907-1989 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Priestley, J. B. (John Boynton), 1894-1984 -- Criticism and interpretation.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Group identity -- England -- History -- 20th century.
National characteristics, English, in literature.
Nationalism and literature -- England -- History -- 20th century.
England -- In literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0230277497 (electronic bk.)
9780230277496 (electronic bk.)