Thatcher and After: Margaret Thatcher and Her Afterlife in Contemporary Culture

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Thatcher & After explores the persistent reappearances of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's most loved and reviled prime minister, in contemporary British culture. Britain is still struggling to come to terms with Thatcher's legacy twenty years after she left office. This exciting and original volume reads Thatcher's moment as a profound and powerful rupture in British political and cultural life and argues that there is an afterlife to Thatcher and Thatcherism that requires address and even redress in the present. The urgent goal of this volume is to restore a Thatcherite past to a present that is increasingly forgetful and celebratory of Thatcher and to resist the growing conservatism in British life. Its contributors provide strategies and opportunities to resist in the present, however belatedly, Thatcherism's all-pervasive policies - policies that can be seen problematically even at the core of New Labour's ideologies. Through a range of topics, scholars of literature, cultural studies, media studies, film and drama question what it means to be living in a post-Thatcher world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230233317
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

LOUISA HADLEY is Tutor in English Literature at Concordia University, Canada. She is the author of The Fiction of A.S. Byatt in Palgrave's Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism series (2008) and a monograph entitled Neo-Victorian Fiction and Historical Narrative (2010).
ELIZABETH HO is Assistant Professor of English at Ursinus College, USA, where she teaches courses in contemporary British and postcolonial literatures. She has contributed jourbanal articles to Cultural Critique and Antipodes: A North American Jourbanal for Australian Literature.

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Table of Contents

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Notes on Contributors

Introduction, "The Lady's Not For Turning": New Cultural Perspectives on Thatcher and Thatcherism 1

Part I Thatcher Elizabeth Ho Ho, Elizabeth

1 "There is no such thing!": On Public Service, Broadcasting, the National Health Service and "people" in the 1980's Elizabeth Ho Ho, Elizabeth 29

2 "New Times" Television?: Channel 4 and My Beautiful Laundrette Georgia Eglezou Eglezou, Georgia 53

3 The Gospel of Gandhi: Whiteness and State Narcissism in Thatcherite England Alex Beaumont Beaumont, Alex 75

4 Rural Heritage and Colonial Nostalgia in the Thatcher Years: V.S. Naipaul's The Enigma of Arrival Jason Mezey Mezey, Jason 96

5 There's No Place like Home: Margaret Thatcher at Number 10 Downing Street Lucienne Loh Loh, Lucienne 115

Part II After Kevin A. Morrison Morrison, Kevin A.

6 Shameless?: Picturing the "underclass" after Thatcherism Kevin A. Morrison Morrison, Kevin A. 137

7 Carving Up Value: The Tragicomic Thatcher Years in Jonathan Coe Anita Biressi Biressi, Anita 158

8 Let's Dance: The Line of Beauty and the Revenant Figure of Thatcher Ryan Trimm Trimm, Ryan 180

9 Sarah Kane: Cool Britannia's Reluctant Feminist Kim Duff Duff, Kim 199

10 Parodic Reiterations: Representations of Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism in Late Twentieth-Century British Political Cartoons Graham Saunders Saunders, Graham 221

Index Heather Joyce Joyce, Heather 244

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