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 assumptions 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.
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Research Article| February 01 2013
Excavating the Borders of Literary Anglo-Saxonism in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Australia
Representations (2013) 121 (1): 85–106.
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Louise D’arcens, Chris Jones; Excavating the Borders of Literary Anglo-Saxonism in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Australia. Representations 1 February 2013; 121 (1): 85–106. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2013.121.1.85
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