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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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”.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport Industry Research Centre; Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group; Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2021 13:25
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2022 01:18

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