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Contemporary “high-end” TV drama
Author: Robin Nelson

This book updates and develops the arguments of TV drama in transition (1997). It sets its analysis of the aesthetics and compositional principles of texts within a broad conceptual framework (technologies, institutions, economics, cultural trends). Tracing ‘the great value shift from conduit to content’ (Todreas, 1999), the book's view is relatively optimistic about the future quality of TV drama in a global market-place. But, characteristically taking up questions of worth where others have avoided them, it recognises that certain types of ‘quality’ are privileged for viewers able to pay, possibly at the expense of viewer preference worldwide for ‘local’ resonances in television. The mix of arts and cultural studies methodologies makes for an unusual approach.

Representations of mental illness in the period dramas of Steven Knight
Ward Dan

underbelly of Britain’s history so often obfuscated by the heritage tendency in British period drama. While Knight’s stories are conspicuously concerned with addressing the issues of social class, economics, and political intrigue he sees as underrepresented within period drama more broadly, another key theme underpinning several of his most intriguing characterisations is that of mental illness. This features prominently even

in Diagnosing history
The Long Wait
Sarah Cardwell

appreciativeness, joy and connectedness. Despite the touted appeal of the simple, Havens lamented that science, art, politics and economics were all inclining to greater complexity, and indeed complication ( 1953 : 32). He feared that, increasingly, too many were losing faith in simplicity. Yet almost seventy years later, the picture is rather more nuanced than he envisioned. There are plenty of areas in which interest in simplicity endures and even grows. Indeed, ‘simplicity’ has often formed a bridge between different spheres of interest – a testament to

in Complexity / simplicity
Stimuli, signals and wireless telegraphy in Beckett’s novel Watt
Wolf Kittler

transferring information, this messenger would transport food, that is, a real object, or, in the terminology of economics, freight. And because it is uncertain what might happen to the food in this case, Watt finally decides to use signals instead of a messenger. As if building this system up from scratch, he envisions not one, but several possible options: A man possessed of a famished dog might have been sought out, whose business brought him, accompanied by his dog, past Mr Knott's house every evening

in Beckett and media
National cinema, indigenous creativity and the international market
Christopher Meir

Scotland, as being outside of ‘the “real” world of politics and economics’ (2003a, p. 77). Petrie takes a similar view on Local Hero to that expressed by McArthur. While recognizing more complexity in the film than is generally granted, Petrie argues that the film’s ‘externally constructed romantic vision of Scotland [. . .] serves to overpower the additional theme of exist­ ential loneliness and isolation associated with the character of MacIntyre’ as well as overshadowing several significant departures from the narrative conventions of what have become known as

in Scottish cinema

Screening the Hollywood Rebels in 1950s Britain explores the relationship between classic American films about juvenile delinquency and British popular youth culture in the mid-twentieth century. The book examines the censorship, publicity and fandom surrounding such Hollywood films as The Wild One, Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause, Rock Around the Clock and Jailhouse Rock alongside such British films as The Blue Lamp, Spare the Rod and Serious Charge. Intersecting with star studies and social and cultural history, this is the first book to re-vision the stardom surrounding three extraordinarily influential Hollywood stars: Marlon Brando, James Dean and Elvis Presley. By looking specifically at the meanings of these American stars to British fans, this analysis provides a logical and sustained narrative that explains how and why these Hollywood images fed into, and disrupted, British cultural life. Screening the Hollywood Rebels in 1950s Britain is based upon a wide range of sources including censorship records, both mainstream and trade newspapers and periodicals, archival accounts and memoirs, as well as the films themselves. The book is a timely intervention of film culture and focuses on key questions about screen violence and censorship, masculinity and transnational stardom, method acting and performance, Americanisation and popular post-war British culture. The book is essential reading for researchers, academics and students of film and social and cultural history, alongside general readers interested in the links between the media and popular youth culture in the 1950s.

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National cinema and unstable genres
Valentina Vitali

disposal allowed. Many of the factors I have taken into consideration do not belong to the domain of cinema or, indeed, of cultural production because I do not believe that movies exist in isolation. I have also explicitly adopted an order of determination that may appear, to some, as a little too close to economism. But to recognise the importance, even the primary importance, of socio-economic factors is not to say that aesthetics ‘reflect’ and/or are reducible to economic pressures. Aesthetics and economics are two different dimensions of existence; they will never be

in Capital and popular cinema
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Joseph Mai

age fourteen, the two were organising demonstrations at their high school in Marseilles. Guédiguian eventually would attend the University of Aix-​en-​Provence to study law and economics and hone his debating skills against the conservative student body that dominated the university. (At the time there was no law school in Marseilles.) A  year after meeting Ariane Ascaride in Aix in 1974, Guédiguian followed her to Paris, where he started a thesis at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (the EHESS), on the conception of the state in the history of

in Robert Guédiguian
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John Corner

great variety of enquiries. Changes both in political systems and media systems, including changes in economics, technology and conventions of practice, have shifted the terms on which power questions need to be asked, even though there are also important continuities with an older agenda. 2 THEORISING MEDIA The notion of ‘power’ covers extensive territory as a way of framing theoretic and analytic concerns. ‘Form’ has an expansive ring to it too, although by pointing to questions about the communicative organisation of media artefacts and performances it suggests

in Theorising Media
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Local Hero and the location of Scottish cinema
Ian Goode

office in the sky. The combination of astrology with economics allied to Happer’s odd behaviour serve to deflect attention from the economic muscle that he wields as head of a multinational oil and gas company. MacIntyre’s encounter with rural Scotland is initiated as the negotiation of a business venture that becomes an exchange between rural nature and urban culture that Duncan Petrie

in Cinematic countrysides