The Politics of English Nationhood

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Author: Michael Kenny

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191016144

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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Winner of the Political Studies Association WJM MacKenzie Prize for best book of 2014 The Politics of English Nationhood supplies the first comprehensive overview of the evidence, research and major arguments relating to the revival of Englishness, exploring its varied, and often overlooked, political ramifications and dimensions. It examines the difficulties which the major political parties have encountered in dealing with 'the English question' against the backdrop of the diminishing hold of established ideas of British government and national identity in the final years of the last century. And it explores a range of factors—including insecurities generated by economic change, Euroscepticism, and a growing sense of cultural anxiety — which helped make the renewal of Englishness appealing and imperative, prior to the introduction of devolution by the first Blair government, a policy which also gave this process a further impetus. The book therefore provides a powerful challenge to the two established orthodoxies in this area. These either maintain that the English are dispositionally unable to assert their own nationhood outside the framework of the British state, or point to the supposed resurgence of a resentful and reactive sense of English nationalism. This volume instead demonstrates that a renewed, resonant and internally divided sense of English nationhood is apparent across the lines of class, geography, age, and ethnicity. And it identifies several distinct strands of national identity that have emerged in this period, contrasting the appearance of populist and resentful forms of English nationalism with an embedded and deeply rooted sense of conservative Englishness and attempts to reconstruct a more liberal and civic idea of a multicultural England. This volume also includes a wide-ranging analysis of the culturally rooted revival of Englishness, drawing out the political dimensions and implications of this re-emerging form of national consciousness.

The Conservatives in Crisis

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Author: Mark Garnett,Philip Lynch

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719063312

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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This book should be of value to students of contemporary British politics.

Parades and the Politics of the Street

Festive Culture in the Early American Republic

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Author: Simon P. Newman

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812200478

Category: History

Page: 288

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Simon P. Newman vividly evokes the celebrations of America's first national holidays in the years between the ratification of the Constitution and the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson. He demonstrates how, by taking part in the festive culture of the streets, ordinary American men and women were able to play a significant role in forging the political culture of the young nation. The creation of many of the patriotic holidays we still celebrate coincided with the emergence of the first two-party system. With the political songs they sang, the liberty poles they raised, and the partisan badges they wore, Americans of many walks of life helped shape a new national politics destined to replace the regional practices of the colonial era.

Understanding National Identity

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Author: David McCrone,Frank Bechhofer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 131630082X

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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We live in a world in which being a 'citizen' of a state and being a 'national' are by no means the same. Amidst much scholarly debate about 'nations' and 'nationalism', comparatively little has been written explicitly on 'national identity' and a great deal less is solidly evidence-based. This book focuses on national identity in England and Scotland. Using data collected over twenty years it asks: does national identity really matter to people? How does 'national identity' differ from 'nationality' and having a passport? Are there particular people and places which have ambiguous or contested national identities? What happens if someone makes a claim to a national identity? On what basis do others accept or reject the claim? Does national identity have much internal substance, or is it simply about defending group boundaries? How does national identity relate to politics and constitutional change?

The Politics of Patriotism

English Liberalism, National Identity and Europe, 1830-1886

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Author: Jonathan Parry

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521839341

Category: History

Page: 424

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Parry offers a new analysis of the ideas that influenced the Liberal political coalition between the 1830s and 1880s.

The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare

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Author: Deanne Williams

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521832168

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 283

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What was the impact of the Norman Conquest on the culture of medieval and early modern England? Deanne Williams answers this question by contending that not only French language and literature, but the idea of Frenchness itself, produced England's literary and cultural identity. Examining a variety of English representations of, and responses to, France and 'the French' in the work of Chaucer, Caxton, Skelton, Shakespeare and others, this book shows how English literature emerged out of a simultaneous engagement with, and resistance to, the pervasive presence of French language and culture in England that was the legacy of the Norman Conquest. Drawing upon theories of gender and postcoloniality, this book revises traditional notions of English literary history by inserting France as a primary element in English self-fashioning, from Chaucer's Prioress to Shakespeare's Henry V.

Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England

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Author: David Loewenstein,Paul Stevens

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802089356

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 470

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Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England features fifteen essays by leading international scholars who illuminate the significance of the nation as a powerful imaginative construct in his writings.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies

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Author: Michael Freeden,Lyman Tower Sargent,Marc Stears

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191663719

Category: Political Science

Page: 752

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This is the first comprehensive volume to offer a state of the art investigation both of the nature of political ideologies and of their main manifestations. The diversity of ideology studies is represented by a mixture of the range of theories that illuminate the field, combined with an appreciation of the changing complexity of concrete ideologies and the emergence of new ones. Ideologies, however, are always with us. The Handbook is divided into three sections: The first is divided into three sections: The first reflects some of the latest thinking about the development of ideology on an historical dimension, from the standpoints of conceptual history, Marx studies, social science theory and history, and leading schools of continental philosophy. The second includes some of the most recent interpretations and theories of ideology, all of which are sympathetic in their own ways to its exploration and close investigation, even when judiciously critical of its social impact. This section contains many of the more salient contemporary accounts of ideology. The third focuses on the leading ideological families and traditions, as well as on some of their cultural and geographical manifestations, incorporating both historical and contemporary perspectives. Each chapter is written by an expert in their field, bringing the latest approaches and understandings to their task. The Handbook will position the study of ideologies in the mainstream of political theory and political analysis and will attest to its indispensability both to courses on political theory and to scholars who wish to take their understanding of ideologies in new directions.

The Politics of Nation Building and Citizenship in Singapore

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Author: Michael Hill,Kwen Fee Lian

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134855990

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Since independence in 1965 Singapore has strengthened its own national identity through a conscious process of nation-building and promoting the active role of the citizen within society. Singapore is a state that has firmly rejected welfarism but whose political leaders have maintained that collective values, instead of those of autonomous individuals, are essential to its very survival. The book begins by examining basic concepts of citizenship, nationality and the state in the context of Singapore's arrival at independence. The theme of nation-building is explored and how the creation of a national identity, through building new institutions, has been a central feature of political and social life in Singapore. Of great importance has been education, and a system of multilingual education that is part of a broader government strategy of multiculturalism and multiracialism; both have served the purpose of building a new national identity. Other areas covered by the authors include family planning, housing policy, the creation of parapolitical structures and the imporatnce of shared `Asian values' amongst Singapore's citizens.

A Companion to Arthurian Literature

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Author: Helen Fulton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118234308

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 588

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This Companion offers a chronological sweep of the canon ofArthurian literature - from its earliest beginnings to thecontemporary manifestations of Arthur found in film and electronicmedia. Part of the popular series, Blackwell Companions toLiterature and Culture, this expansive volume enables a fundamentalunderstanding of Arthurian literature and explores why it is stillintegral to contemporary culture. Offers a comprehensive survey from the earliest to the mostrecent works Features an impressive range of well-known internationalcontributors Examines contemporary additions to the Arthurian canon,including film and computer games Underscores an understanding of Arthurian literature asfundamental to western literary tradition

Romanticism and the Rise of English

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Author: Andrew Elfenbein

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804769891

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 Romanticism and the Rise of English addresses a peculiar development in contemporary literary criticism: the disappearance of the history of the English language as a relevant topic. Elfenbein argues for a return not to older modes of criticism, but to questions about the relation between literature and language that have vanished from contemporary investigation. His book is an example of a kind of work that has often been called for but rarely realized—a social philology that takes seriously the formal and institutional forces shaping the production of English. This results not only in a history of English, but also in a recovery of major events shaping English studies as a coherent discipline. This book points to new directions in literary criticism by arguing for the need to reconceptualize authorial agency in light of a broadened understanding of linguistic history.

Four Hundred Years of Shakespeare in Europe

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Author: Charles W. Shepson

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874138122

Category: Drama

Page: 274

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Contributors to this volume come from the European Continent, from Britain, and from the United States.".

Diverting Authorities

Experimental Glossing Practices in Manuscript and Print

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Author: Jane Griffiths

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199654514

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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Diverting Authorities is concerned with literary experimentation in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It looks at marginal annotations (or 'glosses') provided by authors in a wide range of texts of the period and argues that, although these have not previously attracted sustained critical attention, they provide important evidence for evolving ideas of authorship and literary authority. Specifically, it shows that for many of the authors underconsideration, glossing shapes as well as reflects those ideas, and thus affirms the inseparability of a writer's practice from his theory. Through one of the main questions it addresses---the extent to which theadvent of print affected authorial glossing practices---the book challenges the boundaries that have conventionally been drawn between manuscript and print studies and between 'medieval' and 'renaissance' literature.

Early Modern Women's Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty

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Author: P. Pender

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137008016

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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An in-depth study of early modern women's modesty rhetoric from the English Reformation to the Restoration. This book provides new readings of modesty's gendered deployment in the works of Anne Askew, Katharine Parr, Mary Sidney, Aemilia Lanyer and Anne Bradstreet.

Governing England

English Identity and Institutions in a Changing United Kingdom

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Author: Michael Kenny,Iain McLean,Akash Paun

Publisher: Proceedings of the British Aca

ISBN: 9780197266465

Category: History

Page: 320

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England is ruled directly from Westminster by institutions and parties that are both English and British. The non-recognition of England reflects a longstanding assumption of 'unionist statecraft' that to draw a distinction between what is English and what is British risks destabilising the union state. The book examines evidence that this conflation of England and Britain is growing harder to sustain, in light of increasing political divergence between the nations of the UK and the awakening of English national identity. These trends were reflected in the 2016 vote to leave the European Union, driven predominantly by English voters (outside London). Brexit was motivated in part by a desire to restore the primacy of the Westminster Parliament, but there are countervailing pressures for England to gain its own representative institutions, and for devolution to England's cities and regions. The book presents competing interpretations of the state of English nationhood, examining the views that little of significance has changed, that Englishness has been captured by populist nationalism, and that a more progressive, inclusive Englishness is struggling to emerge. We conclude that England's national consciousness remains fragmented due to deep cleavages in its political culture, and the absence of a reflective national conversation about England's identity and relationship with the rest of the UK and the wider world. Brexit was a (largely) English revolt, tapping into unease about England's place within two intersecting Unions (British and European), but it is easier to identify what the nation spoke against than what it voted for.

The Politics of History

Writing the History of the American Revolution, 1783-1815

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Author: Arthur H. Shaffer

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412815886

Category: History

Page: 248

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This is an analysis of the American Revolutionary generation's attempt to create a national history that would justify the Revolution and develop a sense of nationhood. Shaffer pursues a number of themes and establishes a connection between the historians' republican ideology, political concerns and outlook, and the precise ways in which they interpreted American history. He also includes an analysis of their background, education, profession, political persuasion, personal ambitions and circumstances, and attitudes toward the problem of union during the 1780s. The writings here offer unusual insights into the mind of the Revolutionary generation. The histories produced during the early national period represent the beginnings of a genre of writing new to America, one characterized by the subjugation of history to the service of nationalism. It is this element"nationalism"that gave this history its flavor, made possible its achievement, saddled it with difficulties, and, although unintentionally, produced a tone and emphasis different from that of the Enlightenment. The contribution of the Revolutionary generation of historians to the public identity represents an important aspect of the intellectual history of the early national period. With all their frequent vagueness and imprecision of formulation, almost incantatory repetitiousness, and patriotic sentimentality, the works of the first national generation of historians comprise a revealing effort to come to grips with the meaning of the Revolution and nationhood. This striving charted much of the course that American historiography was to travel thereafter.

Dramas of Nationhood

The Politics of Television in Egypt

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Author: Lila Abu-Lughod

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226001968

Category: Social Science

Page: 319

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How do people come to think of themselves as part of a nation? Dramas of Nationhood identifies a fantastic cultural form that binds together the Egyptian nation—television serials. These melodramatic programs—like soap operas but more closely tied to political and social issues than their Western counterparts—have been shown on television in Egypt for more than thirty years. In this book, Lila Abu-Lughod examines the shifting politics of these serials and the way their contents both reflect and seek to direct the changing course of Islam, gender relations, and everyday life in this Middle Eastern nation. Representing a decade's worth of research, Dramas of Nationhood makes a case for the importance of studying television to answer larger questions about culture, power, and modern self-fashionings. Abu-Lughod explores the elements of developmentalist ideology and the visions of national progress that once dominated Egyptian television—now experiencing a crisis. She discusses the broadcasts in rich detail, from the generic emotional qualities of TV serials and the depictions of authentic national culture, to the debates inflamed by their deliberate strategies for combating religious extremism.

Re-imagining Western European Geography in English Renaissance Drama

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Author: M. Matei-Chesnoiu

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137029331

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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Matei-Chesnoiu examines the changing understanding of world geography in sixteenth-century England and the concomitant involvement of the London theatre in shaping a new perception of Western European space. Fresh readings are offered of Shakespeare, Jonson, Marlowe, Middleton, Dekker, Massinger, Marston, and others.

Englishness: Twentieth-Century Popular Culture and the Forming of English Identity

Twentieth-Century Popular Culture and the Forming of English Identity

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Author: Simon Featherstone

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748632549

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.

Christianity, Patriotism, and Nationhood

The England of G.K. Chesterton

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Author: Julia Stapleton

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739126134

Category: History

Page: 238

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This study links the concepts of patriotism, Christianity, and English national identity in the journalistic writings of G. K. Chesterton. It is the first work on Chesterton to explore in full the English attachments that were central to his political and spiritual persona, and their roots in a wider movement of English national consciousness in the early-twentieth century.