Englishness and National Culture

Englishness and National Culture

years,' said the professor, 'the British national character has become sour, spiteful, prurient and coarse. People looking at these shows see a gender, nicer, decent kind of Englishness.' (Discuss coarsely) 'You can locate it in a ...

Author: Antony Easthorpe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134643059

Category: Art

Page: 256

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In this highly engaging book, Antony Easthope examines 'Englishness' as a form and a series of shared discourses. Discussing the subject of 'nation' - a growing area in literary and cultural studies - Easthope offers polemical arguments written in a lively and accessible style. Englishness and National Culture asserts a profound and unacknowledged continuity between the seventeenth century and today. It argues that contemporary journalists, historians, novelists, poets and comedians continue to speak through the voice of a long-standing empiricist tradition.
Categories: Art

Englishness and National Culture

Englishness and National Culture

In this highly engaging book, Antony Easthope examines 'Englishness' as a form and a series of shared discourses.

Author: Antony Easthorpe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134643066

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 279

In this highly engaging book, Antony Easthope examines 'Englishness' as a form and a series of shared discourses. Discussing the subject of 'nation' - a growing area in literary and cultural studies - Easthope offers polemical arguments written in a lively and accessible style. Englishness and National Culture asserts a profound and unacknowledged continuity between the seventeenth century and today. It argues that contemporary journalists, historians, novelists, poets and comedians continue to speak through the voice of a long-standing empiricist tradition.
Categories: Art

English National Identity and Football Fan Culture

English National Identity and Football Fan Culture

Dixon, K. (2012) Learning the game: Football fandom culture and the origins of practice. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 48 (3), 334–48. ... Easthope, A. (1999) Englishness and National Culture. London, Routledge.

Author: Tom Gibbons

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317142997

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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In recent years, scholars have understood the increasing use of the St George’s Cross by football fans to be evidence of a rise in a specifically ’English’ identity. This has emerged as part of a wider ’national’ response to broader political processes such as devolution and European integration which have fragmented identities within the UK. Using the controversial figurational sociological approach advocated by the twentieth-century theorist Norbert Elias, this book challenges such a view, drawing on ethnographic research amongst fans to explore the precise nature of the relationship between contemporary English national identity and football fan culture. Examining football fans’ expressions of Englishness in public houses and online spaces, the author discusses the effects of globalization, European integration and UK devolution on English society, revealing that the use of the St George’s Cross does not signal the emergence of a specifically ’English’ national consciousness, but in fact masks a more complex, multi-layered process of national identity construction. A detailed and grounded study of identity, nationalism and globalization amongst football fans, English National Identity and Football Fan Culture will appeal to scholars and students of politics, sociology and anthropology with interests in ethnography, the sociology of sport, fan cultures, globalization and contemporary national identities.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

The Idea of Englishness

The Idea of Englishness

Interrogating the idea of an English nation, and of how that might compare with other concepts of nationhood, this book's wide-ranging, comparative and historical approach to understanding the particular nature of Englishness and English ...

Author: Krishan Kumar

Publisher:

ISBN: 1138095753

Category: England

Page: 256

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Ideas of Englishness, and of the English nation, have become a matter of renewed interest in recent years as a result of threats to the integrity of the United Kingdom and the perceived rise of that unusual thing, English nationalism. Interrogating the idea of an English nation, and of how that might compare with other concepts of nationhood, this book enquires into the origins of English national identity, partly by questioning the assumption of its long-standing existence. It investigates the role of the British empire - the largest empire in world history - in the creation of English and British identities, and the results of its disappearance. Considering the ¿myths of the English¿ - the ideas and images that the English and others have constructed about their history and their sense of themselves as a people - the distinctiveness of English social thought (in comparison with that of other nations), the relationship between English and British identity and the relationship of Englishness to Europe, this wide-ranging, comparative and historical approach to understanding the particular nature of Englishness and English national identity, will appeal to scholars of sociology, cultural studies and history with interests in English and British national identity and debates about England¿s future place in the United Kingdom.
Categories: England

Englishness

Englishness

Twentieth-Century Popular Culture and the Forming of English Identity Simon Featherstone ... of English identity as Alison Light's Forever England (1991) and Anthony Easthope's Englishness and National Culture (1999) demonstrated.

Author: Simon Featherstone

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748632541

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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This book examines the conflicts, dilemmas and contradictions that marked Englishness as the nation changed from an imperial power to a postcolonial state. The chapters deal with travel writing, popular song, music hall and variety theatre, dances, elocution lessons, cricket and football, and national festivals, as well as literature and film. 'High' and 'popular' cultures are brought together in dialogue, and the diversity as well as the problematic nature of English identity is emphasised. The case studies are linked by their interests in different kinds of performances of being English, and by a particular focus upon the voice and the body as key sites for the struggles of modern England. The book is a lively contribution to current interdisciplinary debates about Englishness, national cultures and postcolonial identities. It is relevant to undergraduate students of literature, drama, film, politics and sociology, and will also appeal to a general readership.
Categories: Social Science

Sport and English National Identity in a Disunited Kingdom

Sport and English National Identity in a    Disunited Kingdom

Patriotic Sentiment and English National Football Support. Nations and nationalism ... Bairner, A. (2009) National Sports and National Landscapes: In Defence of Primordialism. ... Easthope, A. (1999) Englishness and National Culture.

Author: Tom Gibbons

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317310570

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 220

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Given sport’s centrality in English society, what role does it play in symbolising contemporary English national identity? This comprehensive study explores the complex set of relationships between sport and what it means to be English in the twenty-first century. The bond between sport and nationalism has long been recognised, but with increasingly vociferous separatist nationalisms threatening the dismantling of the United Kingdom, a closer analysis is timely. Part one addresses key debates regarding English national identity within the specific sporting contexts of association football, cricket, tennis, cycling and rugby. Part two discusses the complex relationship between religion, sport and English national identity as well as the attitudes and experiences of traditionally marginalized groups, including women, minority ethnic groups and disabled people. Part three considers the perspectives of the other UK nations on the link between sport and English national identity. Sport and English National Identity in a 'Disunited Kingdom' is fascinating reading for all those with an interest in the sociology, politics and history of sport, and the study of nations, nationalism and national identity.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Mass Observation and Visual Culture

Mass Observation and Visual Culture

See Jed Esty, A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004). Kumar, The Making of English National Identity, 175–225. Lucy D. Curzon, 'Painting a Queer Nation: ...

Author: LucyD. Curzon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351559003

Category: Art

Page: 182

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Mass-Observation and Visual Culture: Depicting Everyday Lives in Britain critically analyses the role that visual culture played in the early development of Mass-Observation, the innovative British anthropological research group founded in 1937. The group?s production and use of painting, collage, photography, and other media illustrates not only the broad scope of Mass-Observation?s efforts to document everyday life, but also, more specifically, the centrality of visual elements to its efforts at understanding national identity in the 1930s. Although much interest has previously focused on Mass-Observation?s use of written reports and opinion surveys, as well as diaries that were kept by hundreds of volunteer observers, this book is the first full-length study of the group?s engagement with visual culture. Exploring the paintings of Graham Bell and William Coldstream; the photographs of Humphrey Spender; the paintings, collages, and photographs of Julian Trevelyan; and Humphrey Spender?s photographs and widely recognized ?Mass-Observation film?, Spare Time, among other sources, Mass-Observation and Visual Culture: Depicting Everyday Lives in Britain positions these works as key sources of information with regard to illuminating the complex character of British identity during the Depression era.
Categories: Art

Romantic Englishness

Romantic Englishness

Local, National and Global Selves, 1780-1850 D. Higgins ... The Politics of Englishness (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007); Antony Easthope, Englishness and National Culture (London: Routledge,1999); Krishan Kumar, ...

Author: D. Higgins

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137411631

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

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Romantic Englishness investigates how narratives of localised selfhood in English Romantic writing are produced in relation to national and transnational formations. This book focuses on autobiographical texts by authors such as John Clare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb, and William Wordsworth.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Englishness and Post imperial Space

Englishness and Post imperial Space

... Literary Englands: Versions of “Englishness” in Modern Writing (1993) by David Gervais; Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism (1996) by Simon Gikandi; Englishness and National Culture (1999) by Antony ...

Author: Milton Sarkar

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443888349

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 175

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Englishness and Post-imperial Space: The Poetry of Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes probes into the English mindset immediately after the British withdrawal from the colonies, and examines how the loss of power and global prestige affected contemporary poetry, particularly that of Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes. Frustration and disillusionment, even anger, characterised the era and many of the literary works the period produced. Most writers became insular and were obsessed with the ‘English’ elements in their writing. The great, international and cosmopolitan themes (of Eliot, for instance) were replaced by those of narrow domestic importance. It is in such a context, this book argues, that Larkin and Hughes returned to the old England, most notably to the themes of gradually vanishing pristine landscape and national myths and legends, to the archetypal English customs and conventions. It examines their poetry mainly from the perspective of Englishness, a burgeoning area of academic interest. Intricately connected with the values emanating from England as a geographical and socio-cultural space, Englishness as a concept is intrinsic to the identity of a people who gradually became globally powerful. The loss of empire dealt a severe blow to this sense of the self. This book explores the dynamics of the representation of this sense of loss and the frustration it produced in the poems of Larkin and Hughes.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The English Countryside

The English Countryside

... Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707–1837, London: Pimlico, 1994; Krishan Kumar, The Making of English National Identity, Cambridge: CUP, 2003; Anthony Easthope, Englishness and National Culture, London: Routledge, 1999; Ian Baucom, ...

Author: David Haigron

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319532738

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

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This collection of essays examines representations of the English countryside and its mutations, and what they reveal about a nation’s, communities’ or individuals’ search for identity – and fear of losing it. Based on a pluridisciplinary approach and a variety of media, this book challenges the view that the English countryside is an apolitical space characterised by permanence and lack of conflict. It analyses how the pastoral motif is actually subverted to explore liminal spaces and temporalities. The authors deconstruct the “rural idyll” myth to show how it plays a distinctive and yet ambiguous part in defining Englishness/Britishness. A must read for both scholars and students interested in British rural and cultural history, media and literature.
Categories: Social Science