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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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Changing Spaces of ‘Englishness’: Psychogeography and Spatial Practices in This is England and Somers Town

Changing Spaces of ‘Englishness’: Psychogeography and Spatial Practices in This is England and Somers Town

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(p.127) Chapter 9 Changing Spaces of ‘Englishness’: Psychogeography and Spatial Practices in This is England and Somers Town
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Shane Meadows
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Sarah N. Petrovic

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0009

This chapter offers an analysis of two Shane Meadows films, This is England and Somers Town, in terms of their representation of space (physical, social and mental), engaging with psychogeography and the spatial theory of De Certeau and Lefebvre. In comparing the two films, the chapter suggests a positive development between the films' depiction of hybridised national identity from the darker violent vision of This is England to the more fully integrated hybrid community of Somers Town.

Keywords:   Shane Meadows, This is England, Somers Town, Psychogeography, Space, Nation, De Certeau, Lefebvre, Hybridity, Postcolonial, National identity

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