Cultural Identities and the Aesthetics of Britishness

ISBN: 9780719067693 Categorii: Diverse. An apariție: 2004 Autor: Dana Arnold Editură: Manchester University Press Tip copertă: Paperback Număr pagini: 218 Stoc: Stoc limitat

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The need for a single public culture - or the creation of an authentic identity - is fundamental to our understanding of nationalism and nationhood. But how are these cultural identities expressed? This book examines British imperial, colonial and postcolonial national identities within their political and social contexts. By considering the export, adoption and creation of such cultural identities, these essays show how nationhood and nationalism are self-consciously defined tools designed to focus and inspire loyalty.

As such, they are integral to the larger process of constructing a public culture. The contributors to this fascinating and timely collection present these ideas with particular reference to English cultural identity and its interaction with the 'Empire'. They examine the national, imperial and colonial aesthetic - how architecture, landscape, painting, sculpture and literature were used, appropriated and re-appropriated in the furtherance of social and political agendas, and how this impacted on the making of 'Britishness' in all its complexities.

It is demonstrated that not only did the dominant aesthetic culture reinforce the dominant political and social ideology, it also re-presented and re-constructed the notion of British national identity. It will be of interest to those studying the effect of the Empire on Britain, and to those researching wider issues of British identity.

Limba
Engleza
Autor
Dana Arnold
Data Publicarii
2004
Editura
Manchester University Press
Inaltime
23.3
Latime
15.6
Tip Coperta
Paperback
Nr Pag
218
Isbn 13
9780719067693
Cod
9780719067693
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