Excavating the borders of literary Anglo-Saxonism in nineteenth-century Britain and Australia

Louise D'Arcens, Chris Jones

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Abstract

Comparing nineteenth-century British and Australian Anglo-Saxonist literature enables a "decentered" exploration of Anglo-Saxonism's intersections with national, imperial, and colonial discourses, challenging assumption that this discourse was an uncritical vehicle of English nationalism and British manifest destiny. Far from reflecting a stable imperial center, evocations of 'ancient Englishness' in British literature were polyvalent and self-contesting, while in Australian literature they offered a response to colonization and emerging knowledge about the vast age of Indigenous Australian cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Article number121
Pages (from-to)85-106
JournalRepresentations
Volume121
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Anglo-Saxonism
  • William Barnes
  • Walter Scott
  • Old English

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