Finlands Akademi  
Sökande / Kontakt person Ylivuori, Soile
Organisation Helsingfors universitet
Projektets titel Fashioning Georgian Englishness: Race, National Identity, and Codes of Proper Behaviour, 1714–1830
Beslutnr 314908
Beslutsdatum 26.04.2018
Finansierings period 01.09.2018 - 31.12.2021
Finansiering 247 667
Beskrivning av projektet
This project examines the interconnectedness of nationality, "race", and conduct in eighteenth-century colonial Britain. It argues that race played a vital but ambiguous role in the construction of the nascent English national identity in the Georgian era (1714–1830). Since race was a fluid concept, devoid of the biological foundation it went on to develop later, the racial and/or national status of English subjects was constructed through the vocabulary of decency, propriety, and refinement. Articulations of class- and gender-based 'good behaviour' were thus used to create a racialised English identity that was fictive and performative instead of stable or innate. The project employs an interdisciplinary methodology that combines historical methods with constructionist and postcolonial perspectives. Using a variety of both printed and manuscript sources, it examines specific case studies where performances of Englishness became precarious enough to reveal its fictive foundation.