I loved Wallace's use of that word. Discussing the presentation with my "Myths of Britain" students on Wednesday (I lead two discussion sections), parallels between the course and the talk intriguingly arose: What is at stake by stressing "England" over "Britain," and vice versa? What voices are unheard and differences elided when we consider literature and history in discrete, national blocks? I reminisce of Gawain and the Welsh wilderness in Green Knight, or of the fracas and fluidity of identity in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History. And I will definitely continue to ruminate on the limits and possibilities of literary history.
Thank you to all who attended and contributed to last Friday's event!