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3.0 out of 5 stars
This Enchanted Isle, 23 Jan. 2008
An engaged and polemical collection of essays, attractively produced.
Woodcock draws together within an historical overview a collection of writers, poets, artists and film-makers who could be said to locate an 'essential'or transcendental Englishness in the landscape and the natural environment.
The broad scope limits complex critical discussion, but the book is a stimulating starting point for readers who want to explore the notion of Englishness in the context of Romantic and Neo-Romantic responses to the modern world.
What a shame about the errors! Would have benefited from a closer proof-reading: 'Daphne and Chloe'[Daphnis], 'Miss Haversham'[Havisham]- there are several more, and tend to distract the reader from the obvious commitment of the writer.