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Shane MeadowsCritical Essays$
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Martin Fradley, Sarah Godfrey, and Melanie Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748676392

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.001.0001

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No More Heroes: The Politics of Marginality and Disenchantment in TwentyFourSeven and This is England

No More Heroes: The Politics of Marginality and Disenchantment in TwentyFourSeven and This is England

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(p.68) Chapter 5 No More Heroes: The Politics of Marginality and Disenchantment in TwentyFourSeven and This is England
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Shane Meadows
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Jill Steans

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0005

In this chapter it is argued that both This is England and Twenty Four Seven (1997) engage with themes of political disenchantment, thus speaking to the political zeitgeist of time and place. The spectre of Thatcherism haunts Twenty Four Seven while This is England centres on the main protagonist's brush with the extremist fringe of British politics. It is further argued that the preoccupation with the margins and fringes of British political life has everything to do with the marginality of the social group who are the main focus of Meadows work-young, working class men/youths in England's post-industrial heartlands.

Keywords:   Shane Meadows, Twenty Four Seven, This is England, Politics, Heroes, Disenchantment

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