Scarecrows of Chivalry

Scarecrows of Chivalry

English Masculinities After Empire

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Exploring the fate of the ideal of the English gentleman once the empire he was meant to embody declined, Praseeda Gopinath argues that the stylization 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 novelists 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.



Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780813933832
0813933838
9780813933825
081393382X
9780813933818
0813933811
1299265847
9781299265844
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 274 pages)

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