The Revisions of Englishness

The Revisions of Englishness

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What is 'Englishness'? Who defines it? What impact have changes to England and the English, as well as England's relationship with the outside world, had on 'Englishness'? Has 'Englishness' become an anachronism at the turn of a new century?These questions and others like them have become familiar ones in recent debates concerning English politics, culture and identity. Diverse and often competing notions of 'Englishness' have been critiqued by a variety of writers and critics who have become concerned about received visions of 'Englishness' in the post-war period. An exciting and provocative collection of essays which registers the changes to Englishness since the 1950s, 'The revisions of Englishness' explores how Englishness has been revised for a variety of aesthetic and political purposes and makes a ground-breaking contribution to the contemporary debates surrounding Englishness in literary and cultural studies.The present essay is more Anglo-sceptic than Euro-sceptic but it has no truck with the notion that ... Knowing this, my first instinct was to revise this chapter in the light of what Geoffrey Hill has written since the original lecture was delivered fromanbsp;...

Title:The Revisions of Englishness
Author:David Rogers, John McLeod
Publisher:Manchester University Press - 2004


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