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Englishness and National Culture


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Englishness and National Culture by Antony Easthorpe

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Two strangers with the same nationality meet for a chat for half-an-hour. There are a number of ways you could analyse their exchange, based on their class, race, gender, and so on. But their conversation would also be action out national identity, not only in what they said to each other but how it was said -- their shared references, the tone used, their jokes. 'Nation' is probably stronger than all other forms of group identity -- and it is the unconscious expression of it through specific forms of discourse which is perhaps the most fascinating aspect. In this highly engaging polemic, Antony Easthope examines Englishness as a 'form' and a series of shared discourses. Looking at examples of contemporary cultural practice from the seventeenth century to the present, Easthope writes of the powerful pull that Englishness exerts, and investigates the specific elements of nationality in the context of modernity. Englishness and National Culture asserts a profound continuity running through from 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.
Release date NZ
December 10th, 1998
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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