Literature of an Independent England

Revisions of England, Englishness, and English Literature

  • Claire Westall
  • Michael Gardiner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Claire Westall, Michael Gardiner
      Pages 1-11
  3. The Politics of English Independence

  4. England in English Literature’s Canon

  5. England’s Contemporary Literary Landscape

  6. English Literature as British Ideology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Michael Gardiner
      Pages 203-217
    3. Claire Westall
      Pages 218-233
    4. Anthony Barnett
      Pages 234-239
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 240-253

About this book


Some of the most incisive writers on the subject rethink the relationship between Britain, England and English literary culture. It is premised on the importance of devolution, the uncertainty of the British union, the place of English Literature within the union, and the need for England to become a self-determining literary nation.


culture David Herbert Lawrence English literature fiction George Orwell Great Britain identity national identity Romanticism Virginia Woolf

Editors and affiliations

  • Claire Westall
    • 1
  • Michael Gardiner
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of English and Related LiteratureUniversity of YorkUK
  2. 2.Department of English and Comparative Literary StudiesUniversity of WarwickUK

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