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Co-authored Book - Performing Englishness: Identity and Politics in a Contemporary Folk Resurgence

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Performing Englishness: Identity and Politics in a Contemporary Folk Resurgence

by Trish Winter and Simon Keegan-Phipps.

This week sees the publication of Performing Englishness, a co-authored book by British Cultural Studies scholar Trish Winter (University of Sunderland) and Ethnomusicologist Simon Keegan-Phipps.

The book charts the rise of English folk music and dance since 2000, and considers how the resurgence speaks to a broader explosion of interest in the subject of English national and cultural identity. How does contemporary English folk music and dance relate to ideas about England and Englishness? What kinds of English identities are expressed through the works of musicians like Seth Lakeman or Bellowhead? How does morris dancing contribute to ongoing political debates around multiculturalism, globalisation, and the devolution of the British nations? And how does the English folk scene reconcile a new-found commercial success with anti-capitalist roots?

The book is the culmination of a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is published by Manchester University Press.

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