Emergent Englishness

Jacqueline Stodnick

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Emergent Englishness

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This article examines emergent Englishness in pre- and post-Conquest literary culture of England. It describes the strategic relation between ethnicity and the past and suggests that during this period Englishness resists any characterization as emergent, instead being found in association with the antique. It argues that hagiography works to transmit ideas about communal integrity by investigating and instantiating the relation between bodily incorruption and the past.

Keywords: Englishness; literary culture; England; ethnicity; hagiography; bodily incorruption

Article.  8283 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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