Scarecrows of Chivalry: English Masculinities After Empire Praseeda Gopinath

ISBN: 9780813933818

Published: April 10th 2013

Hardcover

280 pages


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Scarecrows of Chivalry: English Masculinities After Empire  by  Praseeda Gopinath

Scarecrows of Chivalry: English Masculinities After Empire by Praseeda Gopinath
April 10th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 280 pages | ISBN: 9780813933818 | 9.28 Mb

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 thatMoreExploring 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. Gopinaths 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.



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