The Wonder Years: nostalgia, memory and pastness in television credits

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dc.identifier.citation Williams, K. (2016) 'The Wonder Years: nostalgia, memory and pastness in television credits', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 12, pp. 59-77. en
dc.identifier.issued 12
dc.identifier.startpage 59
dc.identifier.endpage 77
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.description.abstract Opening sequences on television have developed a complex and multifaceted relationship to pastness and memory—particularly in relation to nostalgia. Series such as Transparent (2014–) use the space of the credits to blur our understanding of memory and fiction. Others such as Californication (2007–2014) include fake home videos or Polaroids to lend authenticity to the constructed family memories they depict. In this article, I explore the nostalgic qualities of contemporary television credits and opening sequences. Title sequences occupy a unique temporal position: while they are repeated before each episode and therefore are familiar to repeat viewers, they also typically depict events outside of the temporal realm of the television episode they open. The relationship between retro filters and aesthetics and the playful nostalgic framing of pastness through title sequences provides a framework to play with notions of temporality in television. This article contributes to the limited literature on credits by conceptualising title sequences in relation to the evocation and representation of memory and materiality en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2016, The Author(s) en
dc.subject Television credits en
dc.subject Temporality en
dc.subject Memory en
dc.subject Opening sequence en
dc.subject Nostalgia en
dc.subject Transparent en
dc.subject Californication en
dc.title The Wonder Years: nostalgia, memory and pastness in television credits en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Kathleen Williams, University of Tasmania en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville

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