A study of ‘Englishness’ in selected travel writings

Arnold, Keren (2008) A study of ‘Englishness’ in selected travel writings. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The aim of this dissertation is to examine notions of ‘Englishness’ and the role they play in a range of travel writing from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. This study paid particular attention to the role played by the British Empire and concerns of imperialism in forming national identity, as represented by travel writing. By engaging with a wide range of travel literature, this study hopes to ensure a better understanding of the role played by travel writing as an example of national culture, in both representing and helping to construct ideas of ‘Englishness’. The discussion is split into three chapters: colonial era travel, travel writing in the nineteen-thirties, and contemporary travel writing. Through close analysis of the selected texts, the study reveals the range of English ideas embodied in travel writing, as well as the origins of formations of ‘Englishness’ or an English national identity.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/761

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