SATURDAY • 11.00 • SHIVELIGHT
Professor Corinne Fowler and Malachi Macintosh will be discussing stories behind objects from Calke Abbey, with a chance for book signings afterwards.
Green Unpleasant Land explores the countryside’s repressed colonial past and demonstrates its importance as a source of ideas about Englishness.
The book presents historical evidence to show that rural England was a place of conflict and global expansion. It also examines four centuries of literary response to explore how race, class and gender have both created and deconstructed England’s pastoral mythologies. In particular, the book argues that Black and British Asian writers have challenged narrow, nostalgic views of rural England but also expressed attachment to English landscapes and the natural world.