An Unnerving Otherness: English Nationalism and Rusedski’s Smile

BLACK, Jack, LAKE, R.J. and FLETCHER, T. (2021). An Unnerving Otherness: English Nationalism and Rusedski’s Smile. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society.

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    Abstract

    In view of scholarly work that has explored the socio-psycho significance of national performativity, the body and the “other”, this article critically analyses newspaper representations of the Canadian-born, British tennis player, Greg Rusedski. Drawing from Lacanian interpretations of the body, it is illustrated how Rusedski’s media framing centered on a particular feature of his body – his “smile”. In doing so, we detail how Rusedski’s “post-imperial” Otherness – conceived as a form of “extimacy” (extimité) – complicated any clear delineation between “us” and “them”, positing, instead, a dialectical understanding of the splits, voids and contradictions that underscore the national “us”.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport Industry Research Centre; Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group; Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2021 13:25
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 13:16
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28381

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