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Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture

Raka Shome

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ISBN 10: 0252038738 / ISBN 13: 9780252038730
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Title: Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National...

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

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[ Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture By ( Author ) Oct-2014 Hardcover


"Shome presents critical arguments that challenge the seemingly innocuous tenants of celebrity culture by examining the strategies adopted by privileged upper-class white women to rejuvenate their identities, largely by extracting culture, resources and people from the developing world, and consequently are implicated in the production of neo-colonial conditions."--Celebrity Studies

"An excellent resource for those interested in intersectional studies of nationalism, gender, and popular culture. . . . By identifying points of success and slippage between female iconicity and national identity, Shome's project successfully traces the shifts in Diana's Whiteness, as it masks the inequalities of class, religion, and race involving women of color and women of the Global South, to whom her book is dedicated."--Popular Communication
"The clarity of her writing and her engaging media examples would make this an excellent text for students and seasoned scholars alike. Packaging analytical rigor alongside an exciting array of examples, Diana and Beyond is as compelling as it is insightful."--European Journal of Cultural Studies
"Sharp analysis of how neoliberal logics have fundamentally changed the politics in the North Atlantic societies in the past decades - as in a shift from 'welfare' to 'wellness'. Diana and Beyond certainly speaks to many fields of study. In her own elegant way, Shome demonstrates how Princess Diana of Wales has to do with everything else."--New Formations

"Raka Shome's Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture will take the field far in understanding how to cultivate a transnational attentiveness. The dazzling Diana and Beyond follows Lady Di as she twists and turns, appears stable, transforms, and the moves again across various global and national registers. Shome deftly demonstrates how to study something as seemingly stable as national identity without stabilizing or circumscribing its constituents."--Quarterly Journal of Speech

"A broader exploration of the relationship between White femininity and national ideologies, where particular understandings of the former perform a mediating function between the national and the global... A powerful exercise of cultural critique that offers several wide-ranging lessons."--Journal of Communication

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