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Nation & NovelThe English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day$
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Patrick Parrinder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264858

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Nation & Novel

Patrick Parrinder

Oxford University Press

Different kinds of English novels are popular around the world. The English novel retains its popularity since it reflects nations and societies, other than being an avenue for sharing personal experiences. The chapter aims to explore what constitutes ‘Englishness’ in literary works. Several novels from different parts of Europe are discussed and compared in order to clarify the differences and similarities that each has to the other. English novels are usually understood as those that are written in the English language and having authors of English nationality, domicile, or descent. Another distinguishing factor in defining English novels is its subject matter. A focus on the English identity and society are commonly used in these kinds of novels. The chapter ends by exploring the history of the development of English Identity.

Keywords:   English Identity, nations, Englishness, nationality, novels, descent, domicile, subject matter

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