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Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture

Raka Shome


The death of Princess Diana unleashed an international outpouring of grief, love, and press attention virtually unprecedented in history. Yet the exhaustive effort to link an upper-class white British woman with “the people” raises questions. What narrative of white femininity transformed Diana into a simultaneous signifier of a national and global popular? What ideologies did the narrative tap into to transform her into an idealized woman of the millennium? Why would a similar idealization not have appeared around a non-white, non-Western, or immigrant woman? This book investigates the factor ... More

Keywords: motherhood, Princess Diana, white femininity, postcolonial Britain, idealized woman, white female celebrity, global humanitarianism, national modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038730
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038730.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raka Shome, author
Villanova University