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date: 26 June 2019

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The chapter looks at different ways of thinking about the relation of local places to representations of the nation, and explores contrasting definitions of the region as both individual locality and national metonym. It then addresses the development of regional fiction from the imaginary geography of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, to the urban regions of Gissing and Bennett, to the impact of the First World War on the idea of the British Region. The chapter also compares the genre of the ‘regional novel’ to the ‘national tale’ of the early nineteenth century and the literary development of the nations of the British Isles.

Keywords: place in literature, nation, local, regional novel, nationalisms

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