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date: 23 October 2020

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Nation and vernacularity are naturally intertwined, as Adrian Hastings, Richard Helgerson, and Benedict Anderson would attest. Hastings, Helgerson, and Anderson all argue that the rise of nation coincides with a decisively new burgeoning of the vernacular, even as this moment occurs in a different century. This article explores three issues concerning nation that have particular relevance to cross-period “cultural reformations” and are radically affected by England’s long relationship with France: nation’s relation to modernity, to language, and to England and Englishness. It examines the entanglement between English and French in the context of nationhood and considers a bifurcated Anglo-French model for vernacularity that it argues is central to understanding of nation and crucially resistant to it at the same time.

Keywords: nation, vernacularity, cultural reformations, England, France, modernity, language, Englishness, nationhood

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