It’s a Man’s World in The Iron Lady: truth, prosthetic memory and the organised forgetting of feminism

Dolan, Josephine ORCID: 0000-0002-7669-9060 (2018) It’s a Man’s World in The Iron Lady: truth, prosthetic memory and the organised forgetting of feminism. In: A Senior Moment: Cultural Mediations of Ageing and Memory. Aging Studies . Transcript Verlag, Norman, Oklahoma: USA. ISBN 9783837636833 (In Press)

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Abstract

With the truth claims of the biopic genre established, the particular claims to authenticity of The Iron Lady are traced via cultural verisimilitude, critical reviews, costume and make-up in order to unpack the dynamic between on-screen representations of Margaret Thatcher’s accurate memories and the losses of cognitive decline symptomatic of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis as they resonate with the constitution of public memory and associated organised forgettings. Supporting an argument that The Iron Lady can be located in postfeminist politics, analysis highlights the film’s organised forgetting (ie erasure) of Margaret Thatcher’s female politicians, both historically and contemporaneous to her political career, the feminist activism that underpinned her rights to education, reproductive and political rights, and the anti-women policies that she supported.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, Meryl Streep, memory/forgetting, Alzheimer’s, biopic, costume
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media > Film and Television
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Creative Practice as Research
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2018 12:52
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2018 02:30
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5564

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