Making England Western: Occidentalism, Race & Imperial Culture.
The author argues that, for England, the boundaries between "us" and "them" began to be defined at the turn of the 19th century, as England began to be seen as connected, but superior to, nearby and distant lands. There was chaos that was made into order, before concepts like "Western" and "white" came to mean what they do today. A new sense of cultural and national identity that emerged during this period involved both integration of and distinction from, and concerned both internal and external populations. Writers including Austen, Blake, Byron, Dickens, Wordsworth, etc., are evaluated against this "civilizing" and Orientalizing process. Important discussion of Mansfield Park, including a response and further development of Said's reading of the novel. Chicago University Press. 2014. Paper. NEW. $30.00