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The publication bargains readings of discourses approximately nutrition in a variety of sources, from canonical Victorian novels by means of authors corresponding to Dickens, Gaskell, and Hardy to parliamentary speeches, royal proclamations, and modification Acts. It considers the cultural politics and poetics of meals on the subject of problems with race, category, gender, regionalism, urbanization, colonialism, and imperialism which will notice how nationwide identification and Otherness are developed and internalized.
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And in order for that Posterity to be perennial, to proudly re-bloom with ever-bolder colors year after year, it must be implanted in and nurtured by the national imagination. But though the topography of the countryside, broom-covered heath or rolling green hills awash with herbs and wildflowers—the cowslip and hemlock, nightshade and wormwood so beloved by Hardy’s archaic crones—contributes to the (literal and psychological) rural “spell” of nationalism, the far-away and fantastical city of London will provide a bracing antidote where those crones will be rendered obsolete by a rising urban middle class.
Modern British identity, as represented by Farfrae, depends on a way with words, paper, and ink. The mastery of language serves him well, for as identity becomes more bureaucratized, it also becomes less substantial, more abstract, just as the hearty whole-grained brown loaf will evolve into spongy sliced white bread. Identity is documentable but intangible in a world that values a fingerprint instead of the handshake, credit rather than coins. Henchard has gone the way of the scarecrow, and Sybil might as well be the figurehead on a ghost ship sailing across Egdon Heath—a romantic shadow that comforts the imagination by softening and diffusing the harsh glare of industrial capitalism.
For without a past, not only can there be no notion of progress—a notion crucial to the conception of British identity—but also there can be no well of tradition from which to drink. As Anderson observes, “identity . . ”10 And the stories that Disraeli and Hardy narrate seeped into a susceptible collective consciousness and became memories, and these memories became authenticated and celebrated. ” Just as King Arthur does not provide policy but poetry and legend, the longlost worlds that both Disraeli and Hardy depict offer not genuinely viable socio-economic solutions, but mysteries, magic, and myths.