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Televising History
Mediating the Past in Postwar Europe
Edited by Erin Bell and Ann Gray
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
19 May 2010
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Televising History: Mediating the Past in Postwar Europe examines the
representation of history on television in the context of the immense
economic and political changes experienced in Europe in the postwar era,
and particularly in the past three decades. It considers how elements of
the recent and more distant past have been used and adopted by scholars
and media professionals alike.

The book shows how, within the broader context of cultural, economic,
political and aesthetic change, pan-European developments in broadcasting,
and particularly in televisual modes, forms and imperatives, have mediated
the way in which the past is represented onscreen. Considering the
programming of ten European nations, the contributors also represent
a range of disciplines, from sociology and history to film studies and
television studies, demonstrating the diversity and richness of this growing
interdisciplinary field.


Description

Televising History: Mediating the Past in Postwar Europe examines the
representation of history on television in the context of the immense
economic and political changes experienced in Europe in the postwar era,
and particularly in the past three decades. It considers how elements of
the recent and more distant past have been used and adopted by scholars
and media professionals alike.

The book shows how, within the broader context of cultural, economic,
political and aesthetic change, pan-European developments in broadcasting,
and particularly in televisual modes, forms and imperatives, have mediated
the way in which the past is represented onscreen. Considering the
programming of ten European nations, the contributors also represent
a range of disciplines, from sociology and history to film studies and
television studies, demonstrating the diversity and richness of this growing
interdisciplinary field.


Reviews

'This valuable collection explores the resurgence of history in televisual form in the latter part of the 20th century...the chapters provide not only a range of evidence and analysis, but also some powerful areas of ongoing discussion for historians, broadcasters and producers.' -Justin Champion, Royal Holloway, University of London, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
 
'...provides a good sense of the serious work being done on historical presentation across the Continent.' - Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly


Contents

Introduction: History on Television in Europe: The Past Two Decades; E.Bell& A.Gray
PART I: PERSPECTIVES
'Once Upon A Time...': Visual Design and Documentary Openings; J.Corner
History on Television: The Problem of Sources; P.Sorlin& L.Cigognetti
Combating 'A Message Without a Code': Writing the 'History' Documentary; B.Winston
Contexts of Production: Commissioning History; A.Gray
Beyond The Witness: The Layering of Historical Testimonies on British Television; E.Bell
PART II: TELEVISED HISTORY AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
Staging Historical Leaders on French Television: The Example of Napoleon Bonaparte; I.Veyrat-Masson
Landscape and Memory: British Television Documentaries about the First World War; E.Hanna
Mediated Collective Memory and the Political Process Towards Democracy in Spain: An Analysis of the Spanish TV Historical Documentary Series La TransiciónS.Hernandez Corchete
PART III: TELEVISED HISTORY, MEMORY AND IDENTITY
Television Fiction, A Domain of Memory: Retelling the Past on Dutch Television; S.de Leeuw
Facing the Truth, Pain, and Reconciliation; A.Blaney
Women and War: M.Rohringer
History in Popular Television Drama: The Flemish Past in Wij, Heren van Zichem; A.Dhoest
PART IV: HISTORY PROGRAMMING: FORM, GENRE, TECHNIQUE
'I Feel Completely Beautiful For the First Time In My Life': Bodily Re-Enactment and Reality Documentary; J.de Groot
(Re)Constructing Biographies: German Television Docudrama and the Historical Biography; T.Ebbrecht
Flog It!: Nostalgia and Lifestyle on British Daytime Television; I.Kleinecke
Who Do You Think You Are? Family History and Memory on British Television; A.Holdsworth
Conclusion: Broader Themes and Televisualisation; E.Bell& A.Gray
Notes
Bibliography
Index
 


Authors


ERIN BELL was Research Fellow on the 'Televising History 1995–2010' research project in the Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology at the University of Lincoln, UK, and is now a lecturer in the same faculty. She works in the fields of gender and testimony, and early modern history.

ANN GRAY is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Lincoln, UK, and Director of the 'Televising History 1995-2010' research project. She is also Co-director of the Centre for European Cultural Studies and founding editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies. She is the author of Research Practice for Cultural Studies and recently edited CCCS: Working Papers in Cultural Studies, Vols 1 and 2.