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In: Thinking Northern

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While the plot of Bithia Mary Croker’s Anglo-Indian ghost stories is often conventional, their unsettling horror lies in the depiction of social pressure British memsahibs encountered upon their arrival in India. Here, they were introduced into communities, which were ruled by minute social requirements. In doing so Croker’s ghost stories not only translate middle-class values into an Indian setting, they also illustrate the volatility of the imperial mind-sets British memsahibs had to navigate.

In: Imperial Middlebrow

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Britpop-band Pulp’s most successful album A Different Class is mostly concerned, as the title indicates, with questions of class-constructions. The song and the respective music video “Common People” deal with the dynamics surrounding gentrification, the motivations and problems that arise when the well-off move into low-income areas. This paper argues that song and video deconstruct the song’s female character perception of the poor as “cool” as a myth in Barthes’s sense. At the same time the male character’s self-image as a member of the working-classes is equally grounded in mythical social signification. The use of several spaces in “Common People” illustrates the ambiguous nature of class-constructions and their semantic codes.

In: Resistance and the City

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Britpop-band Pulp’s most successful album A Different Class is mostly concerned, as the title indicates, with questions of class-constructions. The song and the respective music video “Common People” deal with the dynamics surrounding gentrification, the motivations and problems that arise when the well-off move into low-income areas. This paper argues that song and video deconstruct the song’s female character perception of the poor as “cool” as a myth in Barthes’s sense. At the same time the male character’s self-image as a member of the working-classes is equally grounded in mythical social signification. The use of several spaces in “Common People” illustrates the ambiguous nature of class-constructions and their semantic codes.

In: Resistance and the City
In: Sea Change
In: Sea Change
In: Sea Change
In: Sea Change
In: Sea Change
In: Sea Change