Young British writers, as well as the occasional American, have often taken up academic posts in this foreign country. William Empson, D.J. Enright, Angela Carter, Jay McInerney, Edmund Blunden and Anthony Thwaite all worked there. After a brief visit the French critic Roland Barthes was so impressed that he even wrote a small book about its culture called "The Empire of Signs." Name this country.

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Answer to Book Bag #610: The opening lines cited are from two classics of "the novel of pursuit": 1) Caleb Williams, by William Godwin, and 2) Brighton Rock, by Graham Greene.

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