How English is it? Popular literature and national culture

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Winter 1988
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Donald looks at the representation of Englishness in popular culture over time, comparing popular with literary works on the question of ‘How English’ a given work may be seen to be. Drawing on Edward Said’s work, he investigates racist depictions such as Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu, and considers the vexed question of unlikely minority ethnic identification with Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character, as well as looking at gender issues in Robert Lewis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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