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Myth, Memory and the Middlebrow

Priestley, du Maurier and the Symbolic Form of Englishness

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Englishness as a Symbolic Form

  3. J. B. Priestley: Shaping Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Ina Habermann
      Pages 61-104
    3. Ina Habermann
      Pages 105-146
  4. Daphne du Maurier: (De-)Familiarizing the Nation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Ina Habermann
      Pages 149-169
    3. Ina Habermann
      Pages 170-191
    4. Ina Habermann
      Pages 192-210
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-242

About this book


This study explores Englishness as a 'symbolic form' from the 1920s to the 1940s. Two case studies, focused on J.B. Priestley and Daphne du Maurier, explore crucial ways in which popular 'middlebrow' authors imagine and shape the nation, providing an innovative approach to literary negotiations of cultural identity.


drama Figuration identity memory Nation

About the authors

INA HABERMANN is Professor of English at the University of Basel and Director of the Centre of Competence Cultural Topographies founded in 2009. She teaches English literature and culture since the Renaissance and is the author of a study on early modern drama and the law entitled Staging Slander and Gender in Early Modern England (2003).

Bibliographic information


'Habermann's readings, depth and detail...are astute and admirably contextualized.' - Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies