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Palgrave European Film and Media Studies

Screening Twentieth Century Europe

Television, History, Memory

Authors: Bondebjerg, Ib

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  • Develops an innovative understanding of mediated cultural encounters in Europe, of how historical television drama shapes our understanding of twentieth century European history, and how the past is still a very important part of present European cultures and societies, a place where national and transnational dimensions cross and the way we see ourselves and others is shaped
  • Examines central historical television genres, documentary (authoritative documentary, docudrama), and fictional (period drama, war drama, biopics) in a comparative European perspective, looking especially at German and English historical drama, but also drawing up a bigger picture, and with a central perspective on how historical drama from below (focusing on everyday life) and historical drama from above (focusing on those in power, and the larger historical structures) gives us a deeper understanding of history
  • Argues for a strong interdisciplinary profile of media and memory studies, genre studies, and cultural studies, an interdisciplinary perspective arguing for a universal, cognitive and emotional dimension in how we relate to and interact with historical drama, the way our mind and memory works, and also argues for a strong national and historical diversity in historical drama in Europe
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This book offers a comparative study of historical television genres in Europe, with a special focus on Germany and Great Britain and their way of narrating twentieth century European history. The book analyses our common European past and memory through central historical television narratives. Each chapter looks at how historical TV genres, fictional and documentary, have dealt with the most salient and defining periods, events and changes in the twentieth century— an age of extremes. Bondebjerg offers unique theoretical and analytical insight into the role of television in mediating and shaping the past. The book explores television’s creation of transnational cultural encounters across Europe in relation to our common and national past. The book addresses how television has influenced our understanding of history, collective memory and public debate over the twentieth century. It is fundamentally a book about the importance of the past in present day Europe and the centrality of media for transnational understanding.

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Ib Bondebjerg is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He co-directed the research projects Changing Media - Changing Europe (2000-2004) and Mediating Cultural Encounters through European Screens (2013-2016). His recent books include Engaging with Reality: Documentary and Globalisation (2014), European Cinema and Television: Cultural Policy and Everyday Life (co-ed. 2015), and Transnational European Television Drama: Production, Genres and Audiences (co-auth. 2017).


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Screening Twentieth Century Europe
Book Subtitle
Television, History, Memory
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave European Film and Media Studies
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-60496-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-60496-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-60495-0
Series ISSN
2634-615X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 318
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour
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