After Diana: Irreverent Elegies

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Mandy Merck
Verso, 1998 - History - 231 pages
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The death of Diana, Princess of Wales, was met by the deepest mourning of the twentieth century. Two and a half billion people worldwide watched the funeral on television, floral tributes flooded London's royal parks and sprung up, too, in small towns in Texas, conspiracy theories ricocheted around the Internet, commemorative stamps were issued in newly communist Hong Kong.

Press coverage of the death was also unprecedented in both its scale and uniformity. Yet, in an enormous welter of schmaltz, very little was said about the meaning of what had occurred—whether Tony Blair's public emoting heralded a new kind of politics; what, if anything, the anguish of so many who never knew Diana in person revealed about modern society; how the intertwining of the ideas of celebrity and victim, physical beauty and moral worth, affected people's responses; what was implied for the future of the royal family.

For those perplexed by the events surrounding Diana's death, this book provides some answers. Insisting that all aspects of the affair are open to investigation, that nothing (and especially not royalty) is sacred, it brings together a group of distinguished writers whose primary interest is to analyze the death rather than lament it.

Contributors: Mark Augé, Jean Baudrillard, Sarah Benton, Homi K. Bhabha, Mark Cousins, Alexander Cockburn, Richard Coles, Régis Debray, Françoise Gaillard, Peter Ghosh, Christopher Hird, Christopher Hitchens, Linda Holt, Sara Maitland, Ross McKibbin, Mandy Merck, Tom Nairn, Glen Newey, Naomi Segal, Dorothy Thompson, Francis Wheen, Judith Williamson, and Elizabeth Wilson.
 

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Contents

AFTER DIANA
1
MASSOBSERVATION IN THE MALL
15
A GLIMPSE OF THE VOID
25
dorothy thompson
33
peter ghosh
41
PRINCESS DI MOTHER T AND ME
49
THE SECULAR SAINT
63
LAMENT FOR LADY DI
75
THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF DIANA
111
ADMIRABLE ENGLAND
127
DIARRHOEA
147
iriitN s
169
l8 DIANA AND THE BACKLASH
183
MYTHS LIES AND THE ROYALS
199
2O DIANA PATRON SAINT OF THE GLOBAL VILLAGE
207
NEW LABOUR OLD WINDSOR
213

IO THE PRINCESS THE PEOPLE AND PARANOIA
87
DESIGNER CREATIONS
103
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
229
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About the author (1998)

Mandy Merck is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway University in London. She is the author of Perversions: Deviant Readings, editor of After Diana, and co-editor of Coming Out of Feminism?

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