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Authors: Emig, Rainer
Title: Eccentricity : culture from the margins
Online publication date: 11-May-2023
Year of first publication: 2023
Language: english
Abstract: Eccentricity is a stereotype of Englishness. Yet despite its popularity, it has not merited much academic investigation. The present study offers a theoretically grounded overview of the emergence, structures and artistic productions resulting from eccentricity. It starts with its prehistory in Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance before pinpointing its emergence in the seventeenth century. From then onwards it serves to negotiate cultural dissent and make it productive. What goes hand in hand with eccentricity is the individual, not as essentially given, but as relational. In the same way that eccentricity has textual and intertextual origins, eccentrics, despite their seeming singularity, form patterns. These can be used as cultural ‘fertiliser’ or as façades in the case of present-day British politicians. The study offers a re-reading of English Literature and Culture from the margins as well as theoretical outlooks in the directions of Gender and Postcolonial Studies.
DDC: 390 Bräuche
390 Customs
420 Englisch
420 English
800 Literatur
800 Literature and rhetoric
820 Englische Literatur
820 English and Old English literatures
900 Geschichte
900 Geography and history
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 05 Philosophie und Philologie
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Monographie
License: CC BY-NC-ND
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Extent: 288 Seiten
Publisher: wbg Academic in Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (wbg)
Publisher place: Darmstadt
Issue date: 2023
ISBN: 978-3-534-45028-2
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