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Unformatted text preview: Dir. Danny Boyle Screenplay by John Hodge Based on the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh has received wide popular AND critical acclaim: ranked #10 in the British Film Institute’s list of the top 100 British films of all time allows us to raise questions about “canonicity” and about film as narrative significant in the context of British/Scottish cultural politics from the 80s to the present: Janespotters vs. Trainspotters (Derek Paget) Lecture 1: British cultural politics since the 80s; reading film Lecture 2: zombies; return to ideas of “abjection” Lecture 3: masculinities; the mainstreaming of a countercultural text? Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (Conservative) from 1979-1990 promoted a return to imperial power for Britain “family values” entrepreneurship and free market capitalism (vs. the welfare state) (Self-generating) Capital / Finance capital Labour, production, material conditions Underground economies: drugs, weapons, sex trade Margaret Thatcher BBC Panorama (1987): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpdbEK3E Meryl Streep as Thatcher in the upcoming film, The Iron Lady (began shooting in January 2011) similar to the status of Northern Ireland and Wales, Scotland has been an internal colony within the British state since union with England in 1707 Renton “hates being fucking Scottish. We're the lowest of the fucking low, the scum of the earth, the most wretched, servile, miserable, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization” (Scene 8) Consider: What is the significance of the setting for this speech? At whom is this speech directed? What are its effects on Renton and his mates? On you as a viewer? Greek for “a change of name” “the literal term for one thing is applied to another with which it has become closely associated because of a recurrent relation in common experience” (Abrams 120)...
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This note was uploaded on 07/06/2011 for the course ENGLISH English 1A taught by Professor Brophy during the Winter '11 term at McMaster University.

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