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The case of Shakespeare

Academic analyses in cultural studies of the second half of the twentieth century had made a case to extend the term 'culture' to the tastes, practices and creativity of the groups marginalised by ethnicity and class. This book deals with Shakespeare's role in contemporary culture in twenty-first-century England. It looks in detail at the way that Shakespeare's plays inform modern ideas of cultural value and the work required to make Shakespeare part of modern culture. The book shows how advocacy for Shakespeare's universal and transcendent values deal with multiple forms of 'Shakespeare' in the present and the past. His plays have the potential to provide a tangible proxy for value that may stabilise the contingency and uncertainty that attends the discussion of both value and culture in the twenty-first century. The book shows how the discussions of culture involve both narratives of cultural change and ways of managing the knowledge in order to arrive at definitions of culture as valuable. It examines the new languages of value proffered by the previous Labour government in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The book further shows how both the languages and the practice of contemporary cultural policy have been drastically affected by economic pressures and the political changes occasioned by the post-2008 fiscal crisis.

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Culture, value, Shakespeare
Kate McLuskie and Kate Rumbold

also limited its potential scope from the full range of human practices all over the world that might or might not be valued or canonical collections of texts and objects whose value was equally a matter for argument. But adding ‘of Shakespeare’ almost closed the discussion down completely: surely the cultural value of Shakespeare was merely axiomatic in twenty-first-century England? Unless, that is

in Cultural value in twenty-first-century England
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Kate McLuskie and Kate Rumbold

relationship between knowledge and power in particular historical circumstances. Culture and culture Henrietta Moore’s discussion of the role of knowledge in the process of cultural change offers a useful analytical model with which to understand the conflict over cultural value as it occurs in twenty-first-century England. Her suggestion that ‘something had to happen which made these

in Cultural value in twenty-first-century England
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Kate McLuskie and Kate Rumbold

The account of cultural value provided by ministerial statements and groups of arts enthusiasts gives some indication of the difficulties involved in arriving at a stable definition of cultural value in twenty-first-century England. The value of selected examples of culture can be asserted, but the processes of evaluation in each case depends either on a consensus about the value

in Cultural value in twenty-first-century England
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The continuity of cultural value
Kate McLuskie and Kate Rumbold

Our account of cultural value in twenty-first-century England began with Tessa Jowell’s 2004 personal statement about the ‘complex arts’. It ends in the second decade of the new century when the fall-out from the credit crunch has placed significant pressure on the capacity of the state to support not only culture but the fundamental services and benefits that have been

in Cultural value in twenty-first-century England
Alan Warde, Jessica Paddock, and Jennifer Whillans

framework of the activity remains much as it was in 1995. This is not to suggest that the observed changes are all trivial or merely surface fluctuations, but twenty years is a short period for examining culture change, and eating habits resist rapid and radical change. Finally, let us return to one initial question about the advantages and disadvantages of dining away from home. On balance, from the vantage point of early twenty-first-century England, current arrangements for dining out appear largely positive. It delivers a good deal of satisfaction and pleasure. The

in The social significance of dining out
Scott, Banim, Galt and Mitford
Damian Walford Davies

genre allows Banim to speculate about mater­ ial conditions and scientific inventions that don’t yet exist. In Banim’s twenty-first-century England, the post office has just begun to use horseless carriages or ‘self-impelling coaches’ and machinery has ‘put an end to human labour’.16 Mr Angle, ‘one of the most eminent experimentalists’ of the future, tells the author about his further ‘speculations’ for automata or ‘automeda’ that do everything from fighting battles to writing periodical reviews; a ‘balloon-ship’ that takes thirteen months to make a trip to the moon

in Counterfactual Romanticism
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Communicating conventions of (in)visibility in contemporary Spain
Maria van Liew

) ‘Siento sus ojos clavados aquí. No nos quieren aquí.’ Las cartas de Alou (1990) In Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things (2002), we encounter an ethnically diverse group of immigrants specific to the political, geographic and cultural time and place of twenty-first-century England – including a ‘corrupt

in Contemporary Spanish cinema and genre
Poets and novelists in national conversation
Patrick Parrinder

assumptions about agriculture and industry, about suburbanisation and national decline. The result will be to look more sympathetically at Larkin’s position as national poet than, for example, David Gervais does in his Literary Englands (1993). Above all, I shall ask how Larkin’s ‘England’ may be able to speak to our own twenty-first century England. It

in These Englands
On hunger politics
Carl J. Griffin

xenophobia: attacks on Irish migrant workers remained a dismal part of working life in rural England. It is important to note that, in short, this is not just a book about eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England. As the conclusion asserts, it is a book that speaks directly to the hunger politics of early twenty-first-century England and beyond. If the threat of famine lifted from the peoples of

in The politics of hunger