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New Elizabethanism: origins and legacies

Morra, Irene ORCID: 2019. New Elizabethanism: origins and legacies. Morra, Irene and Gossedge, Robert Anthony ORCID:, eds. The New Elizabethan Age: Culture, Society and National Identity after WWII, London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 17-48. (10.5040/

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In the first half of the twentieth century, many writers and artists turnedto the art and received example of the Elizabethans as a means ofarticulating an emphatic (and anti-Victorian) modernity. By the middleof that century, this cultural neo-Elizabethanism had become absorbedwithin a broader mainstream discourse of national identity, heritage andcultural performance. Taking strength from the Coronation of a new, youngQueen named Elizabeth, the New Elizabethanism of the 1950s heralded anation that would now see its 'modern', televised monarch preside over animminently glorious and artistic age.This book provides the first in-depth investigation of New Elizabethanismand its legacy. With contributions from leading cultural practitioners andscholars, its essays explore New Elizabethanism as variously manifestin ballet and opera, the Coronation broadcast and festivities, nationalhistoriography and myth, the idea of the 'Young Elizabethan', celebrations ofair travel and new technologies, and the New Shakespeareanism of theatreand television. As these essays expose, New Elizabethanism was muchmore than a brief moment of optimistic hyperbole. Indeed, from moderndrama and film to the reinternment of Richard III, from the London Olympicsto the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, it continues to pervade contemporaryartistic expression, politics, and key moments of national pageantry.

Item Type: Book Section
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: A General Works > AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Publisher: I.B. Tauris
ISBN: 978-1-3509-8896-5
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2024 14:30

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