Secluded Suffolk: Countryside Writing, c.1930–1960

  • Sophia Davis


Non-fiction writing on the British countryside grew hugely in the 1930s, and I use such writing to conduct a tour of Suffolk, through ideas of seclusion, region and nation. During the Second World War, various cultural outputs evoked the mythical landscape of the “island nation”, celebrating nature and the traditions and continuities of the English countryside, as if forming an antidote to or escape from the wartime changes. From within this context, the cultural form of the island found expression in isolated Suffolk, written as keeping alive a more authentic version of the disappearing country. I explore the notions of time and threat in insular Suffolk’s countryside writing. Certain features, notably the sea, sky and old Martello towers, were written as essential elements to understanding Suffolk, and I show how these features crystallised nostalgic views of the region, written alternately as sinister or as untouched by war and modern technology.


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