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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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Conclusion: On Englishness and the Twenty-First-Century Novel

Conclusion: On Englishness and the Twenty-First-Century Novel

(p.406) Conclusion: On Englishness and the Twenty-First-Century Novel
Nation & Novel

Patrick Parrinder

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses the thesis that what constitutes the Englishness of the novels is highly dependent on the changing circumstances. Literariness of the English fiction may be attributed to postmodernism. Other circumstances that have affected it include the changing national politics and economy. As reflected in the immigration novels, Woolf describes the English population as identity boxes since they comprise a mixture of different cultural, gender, regional, and ethnic identities. The chapter ends with the optimism that novelists of the 21st century will continue to write about nationhood and play an important role in the continuous formation of English identity.

Keywords:   literariness, Englishness, novel, English fiction, identity boxes, postmodernism, immigration novels, Woolf, national politics

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