In this book, one of the most accomplished and thoughtful cultural commentators of the day, considers the contradictory nature of cultural relations. Elizabeth Wilson explores these themes through an examination of fashion, feminism, consumer culture, representation and postmodernism. Debates within feminism on the nature and effects of pornography are used to illustrate a particular kind of cultural contradiction. Wilson recognizes that postmodernism permitted the reappropriation of subjects that were not previously considered worthy of attention, or opposed to the idea of emancipation, chief among these was fashion. She shows that the association of an interest in this culturally significant subject with a revisionist project raises doubt
Chapter 3: The Unbearable Lightness of Diana
The Unbearable Lightness of Diana
In the week after Princess Diana's death I was baffled and deeply alienated by the public response to the horrifying accident and its amplification by the mass media. I could neither understand nor share the apparent outpouring of grief, nor the explanations thought up by media commentators for the flowers, the poems, the queues and the candles. Of course, it was terribly sad – the death of a young woman and mother when on the threshold, as seemed at least possible, of a happier period in her life – but I did not feel I had lost a friend or a member of my family. On the contrary, since a neighbour of mine had just died, ...