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Introduction: Being English

Simon Featherstone

in Englishness

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748623655
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651764 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623655.003.0001
Introduction: Being English

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This chapter introduces the concept of Englishness. It identifies the common expressions of the national question, and shows the growing interest of the English in ‘who they are’. It studies the academic approaches to the questions of Englishness, as well as England's invasion of popular nationalism. The chapter determines that while Englishness Studies remains to be a fantasy, there are other academic perspectives on England that can form an informal cultural project.

Keywords: Englishness; academic approaches; popular nationalism; Englishness Studies; cultural project

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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