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- DescriptionExploring the fate of the ideal of the English gentleman once the empire he was meant to embody declined, Praseeda Gopinath argues that the stylisation of English masculinity became the central theme, focus, and conceit for many literary texts that represented the condition of Britain in the 1930s and the immediate postwar era. From the early writings of George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh to works by poets and velists such as Philip Larkin, Ian Fleming, Barbara Pym, and A. S. Byatt, the author shows how Englishmen trafficking in the images of self-restraint, governance, decency, and detachment in the absence of a structuring imperial ethos became what the poet Larkin called scarecrows of chivalry. Gopinath's study of this masculine ideal under duress reveals the ways in which issues of race, class, and sexuality constructed a gendered narrative of the nation.
- Author BiographyPraseeda Gopinath is Associate Professor of English at Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA.
- Author(s)Praseeda Gopinath
- PublisherUniversity of Virginia Press
- Date of Publication30/03/2013
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationCharlottesville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Virginia Press
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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