Forum: The Death of Queen Elizabeth II: Meaning and Media

Academic Article


  • AbstractThis is the revised transcript of a roundtable on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, presented at the North American Conference on British Studies in Chicago in November 2022. It includes an account of the many meanings of Queen Elizabeth II for her subjects and discussion of why so many at home and in the Commonwealth were devoted to her. The panel also touches on the significance for the monarchy of Elizabeth's passing, the meaning of queenship, and the importance of Elizabeth's gender for British women. An account of the queen and the Commonwealth focuses particularly on imperial optics and the queen's desire to be seen as the ruler of the Commonwealth. The panel concludes with the personalized account of a transnational scholar regarding the degree to which the media manufactured the appearance of grief over the queen's passing.
  • Authors

  • Gullace, Nicoletta
  • Chernock, Arianne
  • Natarajan, Radhika
  • Beers, Laura
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • April 2023
  • Has Subject Area

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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 476
  • End Page

  • 501
  • Volume

  • 62
  • Issue

  • 2