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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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Thinking about England

Thinking about England

(p.9) Chapter 1 Thinking about England

Simon Featherstone

Edinburgh University Press

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

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