- Cultural Reformations
- List of Illustrations
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- National Histories
- Literary Histories
- Enclosed Spaces
- The Eucharist
- The Saints
- Vernacular Theology
- When English Became Latin
- Heresy and Treason
- Naughty Printed Books
- Utopian Pleasure
- Poetic Fame
- London Books and London Readers
- The Reformation of the Household
- Active and Contemplative Lives
- Autobiography and the History of Reading
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Ardis Butterfield, University College London
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