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'Soap opera of the paranormal’
Surreal Englishness and postimperial Gothic in The Bojeffries Saga
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Reading Bojeffries as cultural history provides a conceptual framework capable of suggesting connections between form and content, and the multiple, overlapping contexts that inform material production and textual meaning. Like Alan Moore's other contributions to Warrior, Bojeffries has been published across a variety of formats. Subtitled 'a soap opera of the paranormal', the Saga introduced the eccentric Bojeffries family who live in a council house for which they have not paid any rent since the reign of Queen Victoria. Postimperial melancholy is unmistakably attached to a postimperial Gothic, different aspects of which are articulated in V for Vendetta and The Bojeffries Saga. A key feature of the postimperial Gothic is the (dis)articulation between Britishness and Englishness. There is, of course, more than a coincidental resemblance between the Surreal and the Gothic. The construction of a unified, exceptionalist English identity becomes untenable when confronted by a contingent and conjunctive Surreal Englishness.

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