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Out of Place: Englishness, Empire, and the Locations of Identity

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In a 1968 speech on British immigration policy, Enoch Powell insisted that although a black man may be a British citizen, he can never be an Englishman. This book explains why such a claim was possible to advance and impossible to defend. Ian Baucom reveals how "Englishness" emerged against the institutions and experiences of the British Empire, rendering English culture subject to local determinations and global negotiations. In his view, the Empire was less a place where England exerted control than where it lost command of its own identity.Analyzing imperial crisis zones--including the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the Morant Bay uprising of 1865, the Amritsar massacre of 1919, and the Brixton riots of 1981--Baucom asks if the building of the empire completely refashioned England's narratives of national identity. To answer this question, he draws on a surprising range of sources: Victorian and imperial architectural theory, colonial tourist manuals, lexicographic treatises, domestic and imperial cricket culture, country house fetishism, and the writings of Ruskin, Kipling, Ford Maddox Ford, Forster, Rhys, C.L.R. James, Naipaul, and Rushdie--and representations of urban riot on television, in novels, and in parliamentary sessions. Emphasizing the English preoccupation with place, he discusses some crucial locations of Englishness that replaced the rural sites of Wordsworthian tradition: the Morant Bay courthouse, Bombay's Gothic railway station, the battle grounds of the 1857 uprising in India, colonial cricket fields, and, last but not least, urban riot zones.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Locating English Identity — Ch. 1. The House of Memory: John Ruskin and the Architecture of Englishness — Ch. 2. "British to the Backbone": On Imperial Subject-Fashioning — Ch. 3. The Path from War to Friendship: E.M. Forster's Mutiny Pilgrimage — Ch. 4. Put a Little English on It: C.L.R. James and England's Field of Play — Ch. 5. Among the Ruins: Topographies of Postimperial Melancholy — Ch. 6. The Riot of Englishness: Migrancy, Nomadism, and the Redemption of the Nation — Afterword: Something Rich and Strange.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400823031
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
English literature
Author:
Baucom, Ian
Author:
Ian Baucom
Subject:
History
Subject:
Literary Criticism : English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Race in literature
Subject:
History
Subject:
National characteristics, English, in literature.
Subject:
Commonwealth literature
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Group identity in literature
Subject:
Decolonization in literature
Subject:
Imperialism in literature
Subject:
Colonies in literature
Subject:
England
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
Postcolonial Studies
Subject:
National characteristics, English, in literat
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
280

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