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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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Is This England ′86 and ′88? Memory, Haunting and Return through Television Seriality

Is This England ′86 and ′88? Memory, Haunting and Return through Television Seriality

(p.186) Chapter 13 Is This England ′86 and ′88? Memory, Haunting and Return through Television Seriality
Shane Meadows

David Rolinson

Faye Woods

Edinburgh University Press

A preoccupation with real or symbolic father-figures is perhaps the dominant thematic trope in Shane Meadows' films. Often associated with the so-called ‘crisis of masculinity’, this emphasis on flawed fathers and diminished patriarchal authority in popular cinema is invariably viewed by critics as a dubiously recuperative strategy. Yet while androcentric interrogations of fractured male identity and post-patriarchal angst are at the epicentre of Meadows' oeuvre to date, this essay contends that his work is far from masculinist in its socio-political outlook. Examining the role of fatherhood from The Gypsy's Tale (1995) through to the bleak patricidal nightmare of This is England ‘86 (2010) and ’88 (2011), the authors contend that the ambivalence and psycho-social complexity of Meadows' work renders it considerably more sophisticated and politically progressive than the majority of British films dealing with similarly paternal terrain.

Keywords:   Shane Meadows, Fatherhood, Patriarchy, Crisis of masculinity

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