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

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Performing Englishness 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 ...

Englishness: Twentieth-Century Popular Culture and the Forming of English Identity 2008, Edinburgh University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780748623655

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