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English Imaginaries By Kevin Davey

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This text looks at examples of the changing nature of 20th-century British identity (including people such as Townshend and Westwood), and identifies the problems facing modernizers hampered by traditional nationalism, which fails to engage with the complexities of contemporary culture.

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English Imaginaries: Anglo-British Approaches to Modernity by Kevin Davey

When "The Who"s Pete Townshend donned a union jack jacket in the 1960s, it was a satirical statement from a young English reactionary railing against an Establishment soaked in an archaic notion of Britishness. Now, Townshend has become part of the establishment. Kevin Davey's book looks at several similar examples of the changing nature of 20th century British identity, and identifies the problems facing modernizers hampered by traditional nationalism, which fails to engage with the complexities of contemporary culture. Drawing upon the work of pre- and post-war critics of dominant notions of Britishness, including J.B. Priestley, Herbert Read, Edward Lear, and Lewis Carroll, Davey relates their views to the work of more recent challengers of traditional notions of Englishness. As well as Townshend, Davey analyses Vivienne Westwood, who invented anti-fashion and has since become a leader of "haute couture". These two are placed in context alongside contemproary icons such as Guyanan poet David Dabydeen, and young British artist Mark Wallinger. The text places the discussion of the contradictions involved in the construction and inheritance of an Anglo-British identity in the context of the Blair government's plans for the modernization of British culture.

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About Kevin Davey


Kevin Davey is the former chair of the Socialist Society and the Socialist Movement. He is a regular contributor to the New Statesman, Tribune and New Times

Table of Contents


1. Nancy Cunard and the Embrace of Alterity. 2. Herbert Read: from Greater Englishness to the American Stage. 3. J.B. Priestley: Post-scripts and Utopias. 4. Pete Townshend: Talking 'Bout Regeneration. 5. Vivienne Westwood: Fantasy Island. 6. David Dabydeen: the Empire Writes Back. 7. Mark Wallinger: Post-colonial Englishman.

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GOR002578475
English Imaginaries: Anglo-British Approaches to Modernity by Kevin Davey
Kevin Davey
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Lawrence and Wishart Ltd
1999-03-08
224
0853158681
9780853158684
N/A
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