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dc.contributor.authorSchniedermann, Wibke
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-12T11:25:41Z
dc.date.available2017-07-27T13:40:09Z
dc.date.available2022-09-12T11:25:41Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn2366-4142
dc.identifier.urihttp://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hebis:26-opus-129949
dc.identifier.urihttps://jlupub.ub.uni-giessen.de//handle/jlupub/7625
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.22029/jlupub-7059
dc.description.abstractIn The Lady in the Van, British playwright Alan Bennett recounts his two-decade acquaintance with a homeless woman who ended up living in a van in his driveway for 15 years. The story has gone through several incarnations, from Bennett s diary entries (published 1989) to a stage play (1999) and a film adaptation (2015). Subverting and disabling the law and its institutions with the help of a vehicle is a key theme in all these versions of the story. Laws regulating the activities and whereabouts of the unhoused poor have notoriously criminalized poverty and excluded the poor from social and economic participation. Legislatures from the 1970s onwards abandoned former attempts to mitigate the circumstances that lead to a loss of shelter. Lawmakers instead adopted a more punitive neoliberal approach that targets homeless individuals through a plethora of new, highly specified illegalities. This essay discusses how Bennett s narrative and its adaptations expose and question the heteronormative, bourgeois-centric practices of anti-homeless laws via a disruption of dominant tropes of poverty and homelessness. Through these subversions, the texts also grapple with the very practical conflicts around invasion of personal space and the mundane inconveniences that are inevitable results of sharing one s private space with a physically and mentally unstable homeless woman. A specific focus will be on the fluidity of the division between public and private spaces that requires constant negotiation within the social microcosm of The Lady in the Van. The socially alien presence of a homeless woman and her unwieldy vehicle complicates the neighbors private and professional lives and, in the process, rattles the structures dictated by different sections of the law, such as parking restrictions, property laws, income support, and traffic regulations.en
dc.language.isoende_DE
dc.rightsNamensnennung 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/*
dc.subjectAlan Bennettde_DE
dc.subjectThe Lady in the Vande_DE
dc.subjecthomelessnessde_DE
dc.subjectanti-homeless lawsde_DE
dc.subjectHomeless Vehiclede_DE
dc.subject.ddcddc:300de_DE
dc.titleBypassing the law in a homeless vehicle: Alan Bennett s The Lady in the Vanen
dc.typearticlede_DE
dcterms.isPartOf2856008-5de_DE
local.affiliationGCSC International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culturede_DE
local.source.journaltitleOn_culture: the open journal for the study of culture
local.source.volume3
local.opus.id12994
local.opus.instituteInternational Graduate Centre for the Study of Culturede_DE
local.opus.fachgebietGießener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaftende_DE


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