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Thinking about England

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/9780748623655.003.0002
Thinking about England

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This chapter defines five theories of Englishness, which suggest the range of cultural and political discourses that challenge English identity. It looks at the efforts at postdevolutionary English revivalism and the persistent influence of George Orwell's anti-theories of Englishness and the Marxist analysis of England's absent national centre. It studies the contrasting critique of England's elusive identity, the gender politics of Englishness and English patriarchy.

Keywords: theories; Englishness; English identity; revivalism; anti-theories; Marxist analysis; national centre; gender politics; English patriarchy

Chapter.  8003 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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