Landscape and Englishness
By (author) David Matless
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Landscape and Englishness by David Matless
Book DescriptionLandscape 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 citizenship and the body. Landscape and Englishness is extensively illustrated and draws on a wide range of material - topographical guides, health manuals, paintings, poetry, architectural polemic, photography, nature guides and novels. The author first examines the inter-war period, showing how a vision of Englishness and landscape as both modern and traditional, urban and rural, progressive and preservationist, took shape around debates over building in the countryside, the replanning of cities, and the cultures of leisure and citizenship. He concludes by tracing out the story of landscape and Englishness down to the present day, showing how the familiar terms of debate regarding landscape and heritage are a product of the immediate post-war era, and asking how current arguments over care for the environment or expressions of the nation resonate with earlier histories and geographies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861890979
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 5-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Matless
Landscape and Englishness, Paperback (May 2016)
A classic account of how landscape has been central to questions of 'Englishness' - of national identity, history and modernity, as well as concepts of citizenship and the body.
In the Nature of Landscape, Hardback (July 2014)
In the Nature of Landscape presents regional cultural landscape as a new direction for research in cultural geography through an in-depth study of the Norfolk Broads, a wetland region in eastern England, whose geography and history have been shaped for centuries by cohabiting and conflicting interests. .
Geographies of British Modernity, Paperback (August 2003)
* The first collection to explore the contribution that geographical thinking can make to our understanding of modern Britain. * Contains thirteen essays by leading scholars in the geography and history of twentieth--century Britain. * Focuses on how and why geographies of Britain have formed and changed over the past century.
Place of Music, Paperback (May 1998)» View all books by David Matless
The authors of this work examine the importance of the geographical context of music across a wide set of vistas - from Victorian Brass to India's early gramophone industry and the cultural politics of the sound in the city.
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Author Biography - David Matless
David Matless is Lecturer at the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. He co-authored Writing the Rural (1994).
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