Princess Diana

Diana (princess of Wales)

Diana, princess of Wales, 1961–97, wife of Charles, prince of Wales, heir to the British throne. The daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer, Lady Diana Frances Spencer was a kindergarten teacher in London before her 1981 marriage to Charles. They had two sons, the princes William (b. 1982) and Henry (b. 1984), but separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1996. Diana and Charles were rivals for acceptance by the British public after their marriage unraveled spectacularly; her death in a Paris car crash in Aug., 1997, brought a huge outpouring of sentiment.

See biographies by A. Morton (1992), S. B. Smith (1999), and A. Edwards (2000).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Diana's Mourning: A People's History
James Thomas.
University of Wales Press, 2002
The Mourning for Diana
Tony Walter.
Berg, 1999
Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture, and the Performance of Grief
Adrian Kear; Deborah Lynn Steinberg.
Routledge, 1999
Princesses of Wales
Deborah Fisher.
University of Wales Press, 2005
Librarian’s tip: "Diana Spencer (1961-1997)" begins on p. 139
Putting Away Childish Things: Looking at Diana's Funeral and Media Criticism
Rushing, Janice Hocker.
Women's Studies in Communication, Vol. 21, No. 2, Fall 1998
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The Diana Aftermath
Sharkey, Jacqueline.
American Journalism Review, Vol. 19, No. 9, November 1997
Diana, Self-Interest, and British National Identity
John A. Taylor.
Praeger Publishers, 2000
Death of a Princess
Kirby, Mark.
Capital & Class, No. 64, Spring 1998
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Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip
Clare Birchall.
Berg, 2006
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Princess Diana begins on p. 44
Stars in Our Eyes: The Star Phenomenon in the Contemporary Era
Angela Ndalianis; Charlotte Henry.
Praeger, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "More Sign than Star: Diana, Death, and the Internet"
Princess Diana's Meanings for Women: Results of a Focus Group Study
Black, Elizabeth; Smith, Philip.
Journal of Sociology, Vol. 35, No. 3, November 1999
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Pointing the Finger of Blame: News Media Coverage of Popular-Culture Culpability
Scharrer, Erica; Weidman, Lisa M.; Bissell, Kimberly L.
Journalism and Communication Monographs, Vol. 5, No. 2, Summer 2003
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