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EnglishnessTwentieth-Century Popular Culture and the Forming of English Identity$
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Simon Featherstone

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623655

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623655.001.0001

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Introduction: Being English

Introduction: Being English

(p.1) Introduction: Being English

Simon Featherstone

Edinburgh University Press

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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