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date: 22 September 2019

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This article examines emergent Englishness in pre- and post-Conquest literary culture of England. It describes the strategic relation between ethnicity and the past and suggests that during this period Englishness resists any characterization as emergent, instead being found in association with the antique. It argues that hagiography works to transmit ideas about communal integrity by investigating and instantiating the relation between bodily incorruption and the past.

Keywords: Englishness, literary culture, England, ethnicity, hagiography, bodily incorruption

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