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EnglishnessTwentieth-Century Popular Culture and the Forming of English Identity$
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Simon Featherstone

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623655

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623655.001.0001

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(p.159) Chapter 9 Romance

Simon Featherstone

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at how romance serves as a means of negotiating between the representations of masculinity and femininity, which also makes it important when thinking about the popular expression of gender in the English culture. It studies Brief Encounter, which is a reflection of English cinema and its relationship with the ‘factory of desire’. It considers Lady Chatterley's Lover, a novel that maintained and changed D. H. Lawrence's insistence that sexuality and Englishness should be dealt with as common problems. The chapter also discusses the popular presentations of the life of Lady Diana Spencer and her lifelong use of romance conventions which led to an unlikely political critique of the British monarchy during the late twentieth century.

Keywords:   romance, representations, masculinity, femininity, factory of desire, sexuality, Lady Diana Spencer, romance conventions, Brief Encounter, Lady Chatterley's Lover

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