Paper $25.58 ISBN: 9780859895385 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $93.00 ISBN: 9780859895378 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The West Country As A Literary Invention

Putting Fiction in its Place

Simon David Trezise

The West Country As A Literary Invention

Simon David Trezise

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

256 pages | illustrations | 9-1/5 x 6-1/2
Paper $25.58 ISBN: 9780859895385 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $93.00 ISBN: 9780859895378 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Is the 'West Country' on the map or in the mind? Is it the south-west peninsula of Britain or a semi-mythical country offering a home for those in pursuit of the romance of wrecking, smuggling and a rural Golden Age?
 
This book investigates these questions in the context of the relationship between place and writing, discussing Thomas Hardy's Wessex; R.D. Blackmore's Exmoor and Lorna Doone; Charles Kingsley, whose Westward Ho!, became a Devon place-name, Sabine Baring-Gould of Dartmoor and recorder and inventor of West Country folk-tales; Parson Hawker of Morwenstowe, an inventor of the Cornish King Arthur.
Contents
Chapter 1: Keywords: Region, Topography, Provincial, Landscape, Chronotope.

Chapter 2: Parson Hawker's Inventions: Trelawney, Cruel Coppinger and the Cornish King Arthur.

Chapter 3: Westward Ho! or Charles Kingsley's Inventions: Elizabethans Viewed through Victorian Spectacles.

Chapter 4: Tales from the Telling House: The Many Authors of Lorna Doone.

Chapter 5: From the West Country into Wessex: Thomas Hardy.
 
Chapter 6: Sabine Baring-Gould: Novels and Folk Songs of Devon and Cornwall.

Chapter 7: Conclusion: From the Victorians to the Twentieth Century
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