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Medicine in television period drama

This collection examines the representation of medicine and medical practices in period drama on television. It explores the fascination that the genre has with the history of illness and the medical profession, which is apparent in the huge number of shows which have medicine as either their narrative focus or as important subplots. Chapter topics are interdisciplinary in nature and range from the professionalisation of medicine in Poldark to the representation of mental illness in Peaky Blinders. This volume reflects on the ways popular culture has constructed and considered the frailty of the human body, the progress – or otherwise – of science, the intersection of medicine, race, class, and gender, and the provision of public healthcare. These dramas do not only reveal much about how we view our corporeal past, however. All these issues are still pertinent today, and frequently they also function as a commentary on, and often a critique of, the issues surrounding medicine in the present day – in particular debates around public health provision, the politics of reproduction, genetic testing and research, and global pandemics.

Techno-Gothic as Performance in Romantic Drama
Marjean Purinton

The discourses and practices of science and medicine significantly influenced British Romantic-period drama so that these new fields of inquiry were recontextualized in popular forms of the Gothic. Notions of the body and the spirit were negotiated on the stage, and the result constituted what I call ‘Techno-Gothic’ drama. Not surprisingly, Techno-Gothic drama took on two manifestations - grotesques and ghosts - and I examine how the vampire - at once grotesque and ghos - demonstrates the workings of Techno-Gothic drama in James Robinson Planchés melodrama The Vampire; or the Bride of the Isles, A Romantic Melodrama in Two Acts, Preceded by an Introductory Vision (1820) and in Thomas Dibdin‘s spectacular Don Giovanni; or A Spectre on Horseback (1818). I argue that Planchés and Dibdins popular plays demonstrate how Techno-Gothic drama appropriated, interrogated, negotiated, and resisted scientific concepts and technological methods in post-Enlightenment thought and culture. In parodying scientific methods and demonstrations, The Vampire and Don Giovanni, question the veracity and omnipotence of the new sciences.

Gothic Studies
Meyer Jessica

landscape of our COVID-shaped world. While the range of programming which has fed this phenomenon has been diverse, including documentaries, contemporary dramas, and nostalgia-driven boxsets of older series such as The West Wing , period dramas have made a noticeable contribution to national and international discussions of what everyone is (or, according to the critics, should be) watching. Series four of The Crown (Netflix

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

One of the most striking developments in recent period drama has been the emergence of Steven Knight as a prominent voice within the genre. Through shows like Peaky Blinders (BBC, 2013–) and Taboo (BBC, 2017–), Knight has brought a distinctive authorial style to the format which grounds itself in what he calls ‘the mud on your boots, the blood, the violence’ (Singh, 2013), the visceral

in Diagnosing history
Melodramatic and moral readings of gay conversion therapy in A Place to Call Home
Alley-Young Gordon R.

James’s experience and the efficacy of representing it within a historical/period drama that critics have labelled a soap opera or melodrama. Understanding James’s storyline, and those he represents, requires understanding how post-war Australian society was defined by one’s place in the white heteronormative family. The white heteronormative family in post-war Australia Post-war Australian society was built

in Diagnosing history
From Le Raïd to Jeunesse dorée
Carrie Tarr

and comedies, including Le Raïd (Bensalah, 2002) and Origine contrôlée (Ahmed and Zakia Bouchaala, 2001), then period dramas exemplified by 17 rue Bleue (Chenouga, 2001) and Inch ’ Allah dimanche (Benguigui, 2001), and, finally, reworkings of the banlieue film in Wesh wesh , qu ’ est-ce qui se passe? (Ameur-Zaïmèche, 2002), La Matîresse en maillot de bain (Boukhitine, 2002) and Jeunesse dorée (Ghorab-Volta, 2002). 2

in Reframing difference
Harlots and televising the realities of eighteenth-century English prostitution
Brig Kristin and Clark Emily J.

As a period drama, the Hulu show Harlots (2017–), about the culture and society of eighteenth-century English prostitution, never set out to portray the history of medicine in Georgian London. 1 It has no physicians, apothecaries, or surgeons. There are no prescriptions, medical texts, or hospitals. Nonetheless, medicine and the body are embedded and constantly analysed within the framework

in Diagnosing history
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Barry Jordan and Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas

. Chapter 1 seeks to explore the obsession of Spanish cinema with the past and its role as part of a wider recuperation industry, and examines the varied forms of historical cinema ranging from literary adaptation and period drama to retro thriller and musical. What we argue is that during the transition period (1976-82), Spanish cinema was seriously concerned with recuperating a historical past and a popular

in Contemporary Spanish cinema
African American physicians in television period dramas
Kevin McQueeney

(Spigel, 1996). While many critics are wary of the historical accuracy of television or movies, historical dramas have proliferated in recent years and are significant sources for learning about American history ( Rosenzweig and Thelen, 1998 : 98). In the past decade, growing numbers of period dramas have focused on African Americans, with many focused on slavery, as seen in shows like Underground (2016) and the remake of

in Diagnosing history
Trish Winter and Simon Keegan-Phipps

associated with them, and that they sometimes also work to disturb. It is these dominant constructions of England that we will outline here. 6.1 Historical legacies One of the most powerful constructs of England associated with the folk arts is that of England as rural idyll. In 2008 the BBC broadcast the first series of Lark Rise to Candleford, a Sunday-night period drama adaptation of Flora Thompson’s three novels set in the rural Oxfordshire of the late nineteenth century. The BBC’s adaptation of Flora Thompson’s Lark Rise To Candleford delighted millions of Sunday

in Performing Englishness