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Moving images of the British monarchy, in fact and fiction, are almost as old as the moving image itself, dating back to an 1895 American drama, The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots. British monarchs even appeared in the new ‘animated photography’ from 1896, led by Queen Victoria. Half a century later, the 1953 coronation of Elizabeth II was a milestone in the adoption of television, watched by 20 million Britons and 100 million North Americans. At the century’s end, Princess Diana’s funeral was viewed by 2.5 billion worldwide. In the first book-length examination of film and television representations of this enduring institution, distinguished scholars of media and political history analyse the screen representations of royalty from Henry VIII to ‘William and Kate’.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of figures
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of contributors
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. Mandy Merck
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part I: Victorian inventions
  1. 1. A very wonderful process’: Queen Victoria, photography and film at the fin de siècle
  2. pp. 23-46
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  1. 2. Sixty Years a Queen (1913): a lost epic of the reign of Victoria
  2. pp. 47-63
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  1. 3. The heart of a heartless political world: screening Victoria
  2. Steven Fielding
  3. pp. 64-85
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  1. 4. Walbrook’s royal waltzes
  2. James Down
  3. pp. 86-108
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  1. Part II: The Elizabethan diva
  1. 5. Her Majesty moves: Sarah Bernhardt, Queen Elizabeth and the development of motion pictures
  2. Victoria Duckett
  3. pp. 111-131
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  1. 6. Elizabeth I: the cinematic afterlife of an early modern political diva
  2. Elisabeth Bronfen, Barbara Straumann
  3. pp. 132-154
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  1. 7. Queens and queenliness: Quentin Crisp as Orlando’s Elizabeth I
  2. pp. 155-178
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  1. Part III: Images of empire
  1. 8. Renewing imperial ties: The Queen in Australia
  2. Jane Landman
  3. pp. 181-204
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  1. 9. The King’s Speech: an allegory of imperial rapport
  2. Deirdre Gilfedder
  3. pp. 205-222
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  1. Part IV: Popular participation in royal representation
  1. 10. The Queen has two bodies: amateur film, civic culture and the rehearsal of monarchy
  2. Karen Lury
  3. pp. 225-242
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  1. 11. The regal catwalk: royal weddings and the media promotion of British fashion
  2. Jo Stephenson
  3. pp. 243-263
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  1. 12. The Queen on the big screen(s): outdoor screens and public congregations
  2. Ruth Adams
  3. pp. 264-288
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  1. Part V: Television’s contested histories
  1. 13. Television’s royal family: continuity and change
  2. Erin Bell, Ann Gray
  3. pp. 291-308
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  1. 14. The Tudors and the post-national, post-historical Henry VIII
  2. Basil Glynn
  3. pp. 309-336
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  1. Part VI: Monarchy in contemporary anglophone cinema
  1. 15. From political power to the power of the image: contemporary ‘British’ cinema and the nation’s monarchs
  2. Andrew Higson
  3. pp. 339-362
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  1. 16. Melodrama, celebrity, The Queen
  2. Mandy Merck
  3. pp. 363-383
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  1. 17. When words fail: The King’s Speech as melodrama
  2. Nicola Rehling
  3. pp. 384-405
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 406-415
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781526113047
Related ISBN
9780719099564
MARC Record
OCLC
945438080
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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