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The road to Brexit: A cultural perspective on British attitudes to Europe

Ina Habermann


This timely collection explores British attitudes to continental Europe that explain the Brexit decision. Analysing British discourses of Europe and the impact of British Euroscepticism, the book argues that Britain’s exit from the European Union reflects a more general cultural rejection of continental Europe: Britain is in denial about the strength of its ties to Europe and needs to face Europe if it is to face the future. The volume brings together literary and cultural studies, history, and political science in an integrated analysis of views and practices that shape cultural memory and th ... More

Keywords: Brexit, Euroscepticism, BrexLit, British Exceptionalism, Britishness/Englishness, Euro-British Studies, European Union, National identity, Cultural memory, Island myth

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526145086
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526145093


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ina Habermann, editor
University of Basel

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Part I Britain and Europe: political entanglements

Part II British discourses of Europe in literature and film

Part III Negotiating borders in British travel writing and memoir

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