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The Queen, aging femininity and the recuperation of the monarchy

Dolan, J. (2010) The Queen, aging femininity and the recuperation of the monarchy. In: Swinnen, A. and Stotesbury, J., eds. (2010) Ageing, Perfomance and Stardom: Doing Age on the Stage of Consumerist Culture. LIT Verlag. ISBN 9783643501875 Available from:

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This article explores the role played by ‘aging femininity’ in the biopic, The Queen, in the recuperation of the monarchy from republican tendencies that followed from the death of Diana. The article traces how the film initially establishes a binary between age/youth, tradition/modernity, The Queen/Diana, which is then unsettled through representations of Queen Elizabeth II as an ordinary. Aging woman and suggestions that the film is revealing vulnerabilities previously cloaked by the protocols of royal spectacle. From this position, a conjunction is forged with the ‘senior sexy’ image of star Helen Mirren, a conjunction that positions Elizabeth II as the embodied resolution of the binary tensions between tradition and modernity that had underpinned the republican tendency.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:aging, monarchy, Mirren, ordinariness
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Film and Journalism
ID Code:8227
Deposited By: K. Salliss
Deposited On:07 Jul 2010 15:13
Last Modified:20 Apr 2016 01:49

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