English Nationalism, Folklore and Indigeneity

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Cheeseman, M. 2023. English Nationalism, Folklore and Indigeneity. in: Johnson, W. and Edgar, R. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Folk Horror London Routledge. pp. 404–418
AuthorsCheeseman, M.
EditorsJohnson, W. and Edgar, R.
Abstract

In the United Kingdom, the growing popularity of Folk Horror has been accompanied by resurgent English nationalism in the wake of Scottish and Welsh devolution. Despite Folk Horror's purported connections to Brexit, it has an ambivalence to nation. While it is attached to the land, Folk Horror appeals to the illegible and unmediated, everything the nation is not. This chapter explores this paradox by way of understanding the influence of 19th century folkloristics, the discipline that studies folklore. As a result of British imperial power, Victorian anthropologists and folklorists were less concerned with documenting and discussing national folklore and more interested in developing theories and interpretations. One such theory, E.B. Tylor’s ‘doctrine of survivals’ suggests that vestiges of the deep past can be found buried in the habits and customs of the present. Accompanying this however, is a discourse of savage indigeneity—of pagan survival—that influenced Folk Horror, particularly through its later intensification by Margaret Murray and Gerald Gardner. The chapter argues that pagan survival mobilises imperialist and exoticist discourses and provokes ethical questions in relation to the indigenous, who are summoned, colonised and maligned, even when they, as in the case of England, are no longer present. Drawing on scholarship concerned with the imaginative representation of Indigenous Americans, this chapter proposes that comparable ethical care needs to be adopted by artists working within Folk Horror on the depiction of indigenous peoples and their artefacts, even when those people are extinct or lack a coherent contemporary identity. As such, this chapter validates creative practice as a form of research, carrying its own responsibilities towards the representation of reality.

KeywordsFolk horror; nationalism; folkloristics; folklore; England; Brexit; indigeneity
Page range404–418
Year2023
Book titleThe Routledge Companion to Folk Horror
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781032042831
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003191292
Web address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003191292-43/english-nationalism-folklore-indigeneity-matthew-cheeseman
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