''Welcome to a New Era'?: Downton Abbey in 2019'
Just as Downton Abbey Seasons 1-6 coincided with the Coalition government, the production schedule for the 2019 movie paralleled key moments in the Brexit campaign. The film offers a comforting, optimistic narrative to an audience expected to have recently severed ties with Europe, bidding viewers “welcome to a new era”. Like the series, however, which has been read as an apologia for the new Conservatism, the film has a deeply reactionary narrative, pretending that technological and sartorial advances constitute progress. The article pursues this argument from a feminist perspective, proceeding down the film’s social hierarchy from the Princess Royal to the under-cook.
Citation : Layne, B. (2020) Welcome to a New Era: Downton Abbey in 2019. Journal of Popular Film and Television,
ISSN : 0195-6051
Research Institute : Institute of English
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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