Englishness and landscape

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Englishness and landscape

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The "Backbone of England": History, Memory, Landscape, and the Fordian Reconstruction of Englishness Toby Henry Loeffler The idea that nationalism is something pathological, something at the same time deeply foreign, is part of the English understanding of it.

Englishness and landscape

Hence, the unwillingness to accept that there is or can be such a thing as English nationalism. A man and a maid walk through Kentish grass fields: The man honourable, clean, upright; the maid virtuous, clean, vigorous [. Yet, as Parade's End glances back from the Englishness and landscape over the years surrounding the First World War, this apparently obvious pattern of historical development culminates not in "Freedom" but in the deterioration of social institutions and England itself, leaving Christopher Tietjens and his young suffragist companion Valentine Wannop to support, in Ford's [End Page 1] words, a "crumbling world" It Was the Nightingale Nevertheless, intransigently resisting this narrative of fragmentation and decay, Ford's abstract "man" and "maid" remain as they "should be," personifying something that is as solid and persistent as the stones beneath their feet Ford, Parade's End At the height of what Eric Hobsbawm has identified as the "apogee of nationalism," when, following the Great War, national self-determination emerges as a universal right and national identity hardens into an apparently incontestable human attribute, Christopher and Valentine implicitly summon an English national character whose roots Parade's End thrusts into the ancient past and the landscape itself Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism Despite their ostensible political incompatibility—he is, Tietjens himself reflects, "the Tory of Tories," she, "the suffragette of the militants"—Chrissie and Val suggest stability and continuity, even as the English world crumbles around them Ford, Parade's End Indeed, rather than hailing the collapse of Englishness, they seem to point to its rebirth, participating in a postwar reconstruction of English tradition that requires a return to the very landscape from which a modernity of war and empire has alienated it.

Although Ford somewhat surprisingly concludes in that "England is not a nation" and, inexpresses the suspicion that he is "not really English," the community that Christopher Tietjens and Valentine Wannop evoke, the English tradition that Ford himself conjures so often over the course of his career, emerges as, above all, national It Was the Nightingale 74; The Spirit of the People Recoiling from early-twentieth-century politics of national identity, Ford positions himself within a tradition of scholarship and popular opinion that figures "nationalism" as, in Krishan Kumar's words, a virulent "pathology" to which the English have been uniquely resistant.

Nevertheless, even as he does so, his work manifests an incorrigible preoccupation with national identity and character. In the process, it labors on behalf of this disavowed nationalism, contributing to the discursive reconstruction of "England" as an ancient national unity and the rejuvenation of its apparently degenerate national tradition.

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View freely available titles:Landscape has been central to definitions of Englishness for centuries. David Matless argues that landscape has been the site where English visions of the past, present and future have met in debates over questions of national identity, disputes over history and modernity, and ideals of Reviews: 5.

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Englishness and landscape

The expression of new hybrids of cultural nationalism based on cultures of Englishness and landscape are presented in the tangible forms of Asian women's drawings of ‘landscapes of belonging’ and their material cultures at home.

Feb 19,  · Image courtesy of Ed Brookes. This week’s Landscape Surgery was convened by Saskia Papadakis (RHUL) and Jeremy Brown (RHUL in conjunction with the British Library) and was entitled Englishness, Nationalism, Brexit.

The session focused on historical and contemporary understandings of ‘Englishness’ and how nationalism continues to influence British politics. Looking across the landscape of contemporary culture - at the arts, science, religion, politics, philosophy; sorting through the jumble; seeing what stands out, what .

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