English? British? From the UK? What are labels, why are they important, and who gets to use them? In this episode, we look closer at the names and words of a really complicated archipelago.
This season is part of my capstone project for a Bachelor of Arts at Minerva Schools at KGI. Thanks to Professor Grace Woods-Puckett, my advisor, to Antonia Boorman, Liberty Pim, and my dad for great feedback, and to my roommate Barbara for never rolling my eyes at me when I go off on one of my endless harangue about some obscure detail of narratives.
Special thanks to Georgia Bulis-Gray, Theo Gadd, and Shiao-li Green for letting me interview them, and for answering my intrusive questions. Thanks also to Antonia for helping me see more complexities in already complex situations and teaching me about Northern Ireland, and to Leo Clancy and Zdravko Varbanov for lending me their voices to some men of the past.
Song: “Rule Britannia”
Song: “God Save the Queen”
Act of Union art. 1, Jul. 22, 1707. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/aep/Ann/6/11.
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso Books, 1983.
Colley, Linda. Britons. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005. https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt5vm1mq?turn_away=true.
Cusack, Tricia. “Classical Britannia: Food, Allegory and Social class in Victorian Visual Art”. In Food and Power, 1-9. Dublin: Dublin Gastronomy Symposium, 2018.
Dáil Éireann 28 September 2005, 606. [Online] https://web.archive.org/web/20121006211200/http://www.oireachtas-debates.gov.ie/D/0606/D.0606.200509280360.html.
“EU Referendum: The Result in Maps and Charts.” BBC News. BBC, June 24, 2016. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36616028.
Grube, Dennis. At the Margins of Victorian Britain: Politics, Immorality and Britishness in the Nineteenth Century. London: I.B. Tauris, 2013.
Lee, Timothy B. “Brexit: the 7 Most Important Arguments for Britain to Leave the EU.” Vox. Vox, June 25, 2016. https://www.vox.com/2016/6/22/11992106/brexit-arguments.
Linsley, Brett. “Feeble to Effeminacy: Race and Gender in the British Imperial Consciousness 1837-1901.” Grand Valley Journal of History 2, no. 2 (March 2013): 1–11. https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/gvjh/vol2/iss2/1/?utm_source=scholarworks.gvsu.edu/gvjh/vol2/iss2/1&utm_medium=PDF&utm_campaign=PDFCoverPages.
Matthews, Roy T. “Britannia and John Bull: From Birth to Maturity.” The Historian 62, no. 4 (2000): 799–820.
McGreevy, Ronan. “A History of Ireland for Outsiders: From Henry VIII to the Troubles.” The Irish Times. The Irish Times, March 6, 2019. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/a-history-of-ireland-for-outsiders-from-henry-viii-to-the-troubles-1.3816898.
Moreh, Chris. “The Ongoing Legacies of Brexit: Uncertainty, Otherness and Belonging.” The Sociological Review. Sociological Review Publication Ltd., May 24, 2019. https://www.thesociologicalreview.com/the-ongoing-legacies-of-brexit-uncertainty-otherness-and-belonging/.
Ramos, Aida. Shifting Capital: Mercantilism and the Economics of the Act of Union of 1707. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. https://link-springer-com.ccl.idm.oclc.org/book/10.1007/978-3-319-96403-4#toc.
Sheehy, Hugh. “THE BRITISH ISLES.” The Irish Times. The Irish Times, January 30, 1996. https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/the-british-isles-1.26569.
The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “British Isles.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, inc., June 8, 2017. https://www.britannica.com/place/British-Isles.
Shiao-li Green, interview by Klara Eriksson, London, October 5, 2019.
Theo Gadd, interview by Klara Eriksson, London, November 22, 2019.
Georgia Bulis-Gray, interview by Klara Eriksson, London, November 20, 2019.
Alex Dorohoff l Music Composer. “Traditional Irish Tribal Battle Music | Celtic War Horn | Celtic Tribes Battle Music.” YouTube video, 5:20. Mar 21, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btqrNGQE0BU.
Benjamin Gustafsson, “Solitude,” Flight of a Romanticist, Musicbed, online. https://www.musicbed.com/songs/solitude/25307.
Cathedral, “Fall,” Seasons, Musicbed, online. https://www.musicbed.com/songs/fall/36111.
Dario Lupo, “See You on Another Loop,” See You on Another Loop, Musicbed, online. https://www.musicbed.com/songs/see-you-on-another-loop/28028.
David A. Molina, “Monarch,” Monarch, Musicbed, online. https://www.musicbed.com/songs/monarch/39594.
Moncrief, “Open Sea,” Moncrief, Musicbed, online. https://www.musicbed.com/songs/open-sea/9934.
Romanis The Melodist. “Rule, Britannia! – BBC Last Night of the Proms 2012.” YouTube video, 3:32. Oct 27, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2iLA3h_u60.
Shawn Williams, “Distant Hearts,” Reflections, Musicbed, online. https://www.musicbed.com/songs/distant-hearts/17838.
Virgil Arles, “Distant Memory,” Paradox, Musicbed, online. https://www.musicbed.com/songs/distant-memory/35102.