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‘Sunken Treasure: The Cultural Meaning of Austerity’
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2014 (English)In: Symploke, ISSN 1069-0697, E-ISSN 1534-0627, Vol. 22, no 1-2, 77-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Austerity is a 'keyword': its meaning is unstable, and yet it is critical to political and cultural struggle. The Ealing Studio films, Passport to Pimlico and Whiskey Galore dramatised austerity as an imposition which signified types of social cohesion as well as coercion. It signified hope as well as weariness. The symbol of sunken treasure shows up in both films as a marker of this dual attitude, and a similar symbol shows up in a key passage in Keynes. Today austerity above signifies anxiety -- and economists and politicians use the word to discipline an anxious citizenry in the interest of the preservation of capital. 

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2014. Vol. 22, no 1-2, 77-95 p.
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Cinema, Austerity, Ealing Studios, Passport to Pimlico, Whisky Galore, Politics, Keynesianism, Communitarianism
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Aesthetics; English
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-241067OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-241067DiVA: diva2:777593
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