English Identity and the Influence of Gender in Vera
This research examined in what way Vera (2011) portrays Englishness and English identity, and what role gender plays in this portrayal. Midsomer Murders (1997) is used as an example of stereotypical Englishness. The aspects in this programme that were seen as examples of Englishness were applied to Vera, to study whether Vera also displays these elements. Gender in the programme was examined through Vicky Ball’s “The “Feminization” of British Television and the Re-Traditionalization of Gender.” The results of the research showed that Vera portrays both Englishness and gender in a more modern and contemporary manner, while simultaneously also containing traditional stereotypes of English identity and gender roles.
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