Simon Featherstone

in Englishness

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748623655
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651764 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the current status of Englishness and Englishness studies. It shows that Englishness still occupies traditional ground defined by archaic hierarchies of social station and myths of rural settlement. Englishness studies, on the other hand, depend on the way the English question continues to be framed. The discussion looks at the half-heartedness of English nationalism and the moment when popular Englishness took on a modern aspect. It also considers the possibility of experiencing Englishness as a meeting point of global histories. The chapter concludes that England remains to be in search of itself as a nation, a search that continues to be an important part of its politics and culture.

Keywords: Englishness; Englishness studies; social station; rural settlement; English question; nationalism; popular Englishness; global histories

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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