The Constructedness of Englishness in Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George (2005)

Author: Nariman LARBI

Keywords: Julian Barnes, Englishness, National Indoctrination, Postmodern Fiction, Arthur & George (2005), England, England (1998)


Matters of identity happen to be of a recurrent theme in postmmodern fiction which reflects the zeitgeist of postmodern philosophy. The latter tends to display a sceptical view upon all past knowledge which is, now, being rejected and the truthfulness alongside the authenticity of which is being evaluaed. The present paper addresses the notion as well as the contructedness of Englishness in Julian Barnes’s fictional work: Arthur & George (2005), and England, England (1998), whereby Barnes treats Englishness as either an invented/constructed notion or an identity of its own existence.