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Mourning Diana : Nation, Culture and the Performance of Grief - Adrian Kear

Mourning Diana

Nation, Culture and the Performance of Grief

By: Adrian Kear (Editor), Deborah Lynn Steinberg (Editor)

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Published: 9th September 1999
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"Mourning Diana" revisits the remarkable series of public events that occurred across the world following the tragic death of Princess Diana, from the spontaneous public gatherings right after the news broke to the official funeral ceremonies. The book takes the Diana events as a case study for the examination of a number of key questions in contemporary culture and within contemporary cultural and performance studies.
The editors have brought together a distinguished group of international contributors whom:
*view the Diana events as a case study of wider cultural processes and questions
*discuss a range of interdisciplinary concerns informed by cultural studies, performance studies, gender, sexuality, and sociology
*provide a substantive theory of the power relations of mourning, social drama, iconicity and cultural narration
*explore how the boundaries of the mainstream seemed to shift in the wake of Diana events, and how the questions of institutional privilege, social dispossession and cultural power which Diana embodied were brought to the forefront in the global reaction to her death
In a context in which considerable dispute has taken place over the meanings and seriousness of the Diana events, the publication of this serious, reflective, and sober critique speaks to and re-addresses this controversy.
Contributors: Jean Duruz, Susanne Greenhalgh, Valerie Hey, Carol Johnson, Richard Johnson, Adrian Kear, Joe Kelleher, Mica Nava, Arvind Rajagopal, William J. Spurlin, Deborah Lynn Steinberg, Diana Taylor, Jatinder Verma, Valerie Walkerdine.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Preface: Mourning Diana and the scholarly ethicp. ix
Ghost writingp. 1
Exemplary differences: mourning (and not mourning) a princessp. 15
Our lady of flowers: the ambiguous politics of Diana's floral revolutionp. 40
Be(long)ing: New Labour, New Britain and the 'Dianaization' of politicsp. 60
Rhetoric, nation and the people's propertyp. 77
The crowd in the age of Diana: ordinary inventiveness and the popular imaginationp. 98
Diana and race: romance and the reconfiguration of the nationp. 108
Mourning Diana, Asian stylep. 120
Celebrity and the politics of charity: memories of a missionary departedp. 126
Mourning at a distance: Australians and the death of a British princessp. 142
I'd rather be the princess than the queen! Mourning Diana as a gay iconp. 155
Diana between two deaths: spectral ethics and the time of mourningp. 169
Downloading grief: minority populations mourn Dianap. 187
Notes on contributorsp. 211
Indexp. 214
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ISBN: 9780415193931
ISBN-10: 0415193931
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 9th September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 15.7  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1