Televising History Mediating the Past in Postwar Europe

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This fascinating essay collection examines the representation of history on television in Europe from a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective, including case studies from Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Yugoslavia.

Author Biography

ERIN BELL has a PhD in History from the University of York, UK, and is an AHRC Research Fellow working on the Televising History project in the Faculty of Media & Humanities at the University of Lincoln, UK.

ANN GRAY is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Lincoln, UK, and Director of the Televising History research project. She is the author of Video Playtime: The Gendering of a Leisure Technology (1992) and Research Practice for Cultural Studies (2003).

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introduction: History on Television in Europe: The Past Two Decadesp. 1
'Once Upon a TimeÓ': Visual Design and Documentary Openingsp. 13
History on Television: The Problem of Sourcesp. 28
Combatting 'A Message without a Code': Writing the 'History' Documentaryp. 42
Contexts of Production: Commissioning Historyp. 59
Beyond the Witness: The Layering of Historical Testimonies on British Televisionp. 77
Televised History and National Identity
Staging Historical Leaders on French Television: The Example of Napoleon Bonapartep. 95
Landscape and Memory: British Televisual Representations of the Battle of the Sommep. 107
Mediated Collective Memory and the Political Process Towards Democracy in Spain: An Analysis of the Spanish TV Historical Documentary Series La Transiciˇnp. 122
Televised History, Memory and Identity
Television Fiction: A Domain of Memory Retelling the Past on Dutch Televisionp. 139
Facing the Truth, Pain and Reconciliationp. 152
Women and Warp. 165
History in Popular Television Drama: The Flemish Past in Wijp. 179
History Programming: Form, Genre, Technique
'I feel completely beautiful for the first time in my life': Bodily Re-enactment and Reality Documentaryp. 193
(Re)constructing Biographies: German Television Docudrama and the Historical Biographyp. 207
Flog It!: Nostalgia and Lifestyle on British Daytime Televisionp. 221
Who Do You Think You Are?: Family History and Memory on British Televisionp. 234
Conclusion: Broader Themes and Televisualizationp. 248
Author Indexp. 256
Subject Indexp. 260
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