Edited by Mina Gorji
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Rude Britannia by Mina Gorji
Book DescriptionMedia commentators have noted a rising public tolerance to the use of rude or offensive words in modern English. John Lydon's obscene outburst on 'I'm a Celebrity...' only provoked a handful of complaints - a muted reaction compared to the furore following his use of the f-word on television twenty-eight years earlier. This timely and authoritative exploration of rudeness in modern English draws together experts from the academic world and the media - journalists, linguists, lexicographers and literary critics - and argues that rudeness is an important cultural phenomenon. Tightly edited with clear accessibly written pieces, the essays look at rudeness in: * the media * literature * football chants * street culture * seaside postcards. With contributions from media figures including Tom Paulin and leading media-friendly linguists Deborah Cameron and Lynda Mugglestone, Rude Britannia raises concerns about linguistic and social codes, standards of decency, what is considered taboo in the public realm, constructions of bawdy, class, race, power and British identity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415382762
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mina Gorji
Class and the Canon, Hardback (November 2012)» View all books by Mina Gorji
Examining how labouring-class poets constructed themselves and were constructed by critics as part of a canon, and how they situated their work in relation to contemporaries and poets from earlier periods, this book highlights the complexities of labouring-class poetic identities in the period from Burns to mid-late century Victorian dialect poets.
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Author Biography - Mina Gorji
Mina Gorji is a Research Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford University, where her research interests include literary language and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. She is the author of the forthcoming title John Clare and the Nature of Poetry.
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