Christmas, ideology and popular culture by Sheila Whiteley

By Sheila Whiteley

How will we comprehend Christmas? What does it suggest? This ebook is a full of life advent to the learn of pop culture via one valuable case research. It explores the cultural, social and old contexts of Christmas within the united kingdom, united states and Australia, overlaying such themes as fiction, movie, tv, paintings, newspapers and magazines, conflict, renowned tune and carols. Chapters discover the ways that the construction of that means is mediated via the social and cultural actions surrounding Christmas (watching Christmas motion pictures, tv, listening or enticing with well known tune and carols), its dating to a collection of uncomplicated values (the idealised build of the family), social relationships (community), and the ways that ideological discourses are used and mobilised, no longer least in instances of clash, terrorism and struggle

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That Mr Punch’s hairstyle and features resemble those of Benjamin Disraeli may be simply a coincidence. 7). In the same series is a depiction of ‘A Christmas Party. – Grandpapa dances “Sir Roger” – and may he dance it for many, many years to come’ (1856), which seems to have a more serious sentiment attached, despite the fact that ‘Grandpapa’ seems to resemble Mr Punch again. Mid-Victorian family celebration is the ostensible subject matter, at least. Children’s games, particularly those associated with winter, abound on illustrations.

Dodd This chapter explores the themes that came to be associated with the middle-class Victorian vision of Christmas and the iconography of its illustrations. Their emphasis is not so much on religious imagery as on pagan survivals and the associated consumption to excess, though there are warnings against over-indulgence and reminders of traditional Christian virtues like charity in both high art (Royal Academy paintings) and popular culture (cartoons in the magazine Punch and Christmas cards).

The promise of Christmas was a temporary return to this golden age: The working man looked forward to Christmas as the portion of the year which repaid his former toils. (William Sandys, Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern, 1833; quoted in Connelly 1999: 24) The sports and festivities of the season were everywhere taken under the protection of the lord of the soil; and all classes of his dependants had a customary claim upon the hospitalities which he prepared for the occasion . . The mirth of the humble and uneducated man received no check, from the assumption of an unseasonable gravity, or ungenerous reserve, on the part of those with whom fortune had dealt more kindly, and to whom knowledge had opened her stores.

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