Diana,a Cultural History: Gender, Race, Nation and the People's Princess

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This book intervenes in debates over the significance of Diana, Princess of Wales, by offering a critical account of her status as a media icon from 1981 to the present. It outlines the historical development of representations of Diana, analyzing the ways in which she has been understood via discourses of gender, sexuality, race, economic class, the royal, national identity, and the human. The book goes on to assess the issues at stake in debates over the "meaning" of Diana, such as the gender politics of ...

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Overview

This book intervenes in debates over the significance of Diana, Princess of Wales, by offering a critical account of her status as a media icon from 1981 to the present. It outlines the historical development of representations of Diana, analyzing the ways in which she has been understood via discourses of gender, sexuality, race, economic class, the royal, national identity, and the human. The book goes on to assess the issues at stake in debates over the "meaning" of Diana, such as the gender politics of cultural icon-making and deconstruction, and conflicting notions of cultural value.

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“This book is an important contribution to the growing debate on what it means for monarchy to be mediated.” —Dr. Nick Couldry, The London School of Economics and Political Science.

“Just when we thought there was nothing left to be said about the representation of Diana, Princess of Wales, along comes this substantial book by Jude Davies.” —Ann Kaloski-Naylor, University of York.

Nick Couldry
This book is an important contribution to the growing debate on what it means for monarchy to be mediated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333736883
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Jude Davies is Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies at King Alfred's College, Winchester.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Historicizing the Signs of Diana
• The Princess and the People
• Stardom, Self-Realization and Spectacles of Presence
• The Exemplary Feminine
• A brief History of Diana as a Sign (Take One)
• The Royal Family, Britishness and Myth
• Diana and Myth Criticism
• A Brief History of Diana as a Sign (Take Two)
• Diana Textualized, but Not a Text
Part II: Diana, Royalty and Femininity
• The People's Princess?
• Female Consumption and the Gendering of Ordinariness
• Royal Weddings and the Transcendence of Public/Private
• Diana and Royal Femininity
Part III: The Ambivalent Femininities of Diana Narratives
• Narratives and Mourbaning Practices
• The Diana Myth as Narrative of Female Transformation
• Appropriating Feminism in Diana: Her True Story
• Romance, Realism and Myth in Diana Biography, 1991-92
• Femininity and Empowerment in Diana
Panorama and Other Elaborations of the Morton Myth
• Realist Representations of Diana Empowered, 1992-96
• Diana vs. Charles
• Contesting the Morton Myth
Part IV: A Life in Images
• Iconicity
• Expressivity
• Her Life in Images
• Feminist Iconicity?
• Kindergarten Madonna
• "Something Wrong": The Limits of the Image
• Television and Land-mines
• Dress Sale
Part V: The Mourbaning for Diana and the Question of National Transformation
• Diana as either/or: Unitary Representation of the Diana Events
• Diana as 'Both...and": Multivalent Representations of the Diana Events
• Race, Ethnicity and "National Desire"
• Royal Visits and the Geography of Difference
• The Story of Di and Dodi as Multi-ethnic Romance
• Diana's Funeral and the Legitimation of Multi-Ethnic Britain

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