Landscape and Englishness by David Matless


Landscape has been central to definitions of Englishness for centuries. David Matless argues that landscape has been the site where English visions of the past, present and future have met in debates over questions of national identity, disputes over history and modernity, and ideals of citizenship and the body.

Landscape and Englishness is extensively illustrated and draws on a wide range of material – topographical guides, health manuals, paintings, poetry, architectural polemic, photography, nature guides and novels. This edition contains a new preface by the author.

“The best book so far on the interpretation of landscape in the middle years of the twentieth century.”
The Architects’ Journal, Books of the Year

13 x 20 cm

368 pages, 81 illustrations

Published by Reaktion Books Ltd 2016
Second Expanded Edition

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ISBN: 9781780235813

David Matless is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of In the Nature of Landscape: Cultural Geography on the Norfolk Broads (2014) and The Regional Book (2015), and co-editor of Geographies of British Modernity (2003) and The Place of Music (1998).