Television and memory: history programming and contemporary identities

Bell, Erin (2011) Television and memory: history programming and contemporary identities. Image [&] Narrative, 12 (2). ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This article considers recent UK history programming as a lens through which to contemplate the extent to which TV offers the potential for an audience to reflect on their personal past and present identity: ethnic, religious, regional or familial, in a wider public context, whilst also shaping aspects of personal and familial memory to be presented on screen as public memory. Although, as Bill Nichols (156) asserted in the early 1990s, subjectivity and identification are less frequently explored in documentaries than in fiction, I will also consider the extent to which some recent factual programmes on British television have succeeded in doing so, and also viewers’ responses to them.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:memory, identity, television, documentary, Jewish
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V220 European History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V330 History of Religions
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V148 Modern History 2000-2099
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V323 Family History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities
ID Code:6027
Deposited By: Erin Bell
Deposited On:02 Aug 2012 20:54
Last Modified:05 Dec 2013 10:11

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