Country Cottages: A Cultural History

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Manchester University Press, Mar 14, 2001 - House & Home - 229 pages
The country cottage remains an icon that carries multiple, often opposing, meanings. It has shaped the way that rural housing has been designed, built, and sold over a number of years. This book is a thematic, social, and cultural history of the country cottage as laborer's home, as gendered space, as “beau idyll,” and as an icon of Englishness. Karen Sayer examines the wider issues raised by the countryside as site of nature and culture, the competition between picturesque and sublime, the emergence of new national identities, and the construction of domesticity.

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The ideal home
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Karen Sayer is Lecturer in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Luton.

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