REPLICATING THE QUINTESSENTIAL FEATURES OF ENGLISH NATIONAL IDENTITY IN JULIAN BARNES’ ENGLAND, ENGLAND

Posted On Jan 15 2019 by

In his novel England, England, Barnes imagines a grand Project that promises an authentically English experience offered by a small replica of England on the Isle of Wight, a reconstruction skilfully based on a list of Fifty Quintessences of Englishness. Guided by a strong belief that “we are the new pioneers, we must sell our past to other nations as their future” (Barnes, 2012: 40), the engineers of the Project exploit the necessity of replicating history and culture for business purposes. The paper explores some of these aspects, with a central interest in the concept of Englishness, that all-encompassing collection …


TRAVEL WHERETO? THE GLOBAL DRIVE FOR THE REAL

Posted On Jul 23 2014 by

If present-day globalization involves the dissolution of physical and mental boundaries, one may certainly ask what remains of travel, of which the setting and crossing of boundaries is an integral part? It has been argued that (post-)tourism as a spatial practice of the contemporary, globalized paradigm has undermined the cultural authority of travel and, by extension, travel writing. Nevertheless, this paper suggests that travel narratives, appealing to professional and amateur readers alike, challenge such judgements and, by revealing the textual constructedness of travel, actually afford cultural authority to travel practices. To explain that, this paper traces the evolution of the …