Retro quality and historical consciousness in contemporary European television

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dc.identifier.citation Bayman, L. (2016) 'Retro quality and historical consciousness in contemporary European television', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 12, pp. 78-96. en
dc.identifier.issued 12
dc.identifier.startpage 78
dc.identifier.endpage 96
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.description.abstract This article investigates the trend represented by the recent TV series This Is England 86 (2010), Deutschland 83 (2015) and 1992 (2015). It analyses retro in the series as enabling an exhilarating experience of the music, fashions and lifestyles of the past while claiming to offer a serious social history. The article thus takes issue with theories of retro that view it as ahistorical (for example Guffey), to demonstrate how retro in these series enables a particular dramatic conception of the dynamics of national history, whether in post-imperial decline (This Is England), a westalgie for the grip of geopolitical conflict (Deutschland 83) or the cyclical progression of trasformismo (1992). The article discusses the series’ common visions of the past as characterised by a pleasing youthful naivety, opposed to an implied present of cynical superior knowledge. I argue that these series embody retro’s distinct ability to combine irony and fetishism in its recreation of the past, as befits an age in which historical consciousness is increasingly referred to the intimate sphere of the individual self and its uncertain relation to posterity en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
dc.rights © 2016, The Author(s) en
dc.subject TV series en
dc.subject National history en
dc.subject Social history en
dc.subject This Is England 86 en
dc.subject Deutschland 83 en
dc.subject 1992 en
dc.subject Retro en
dc.subject Irony en
dc.subject Fetishism en
dc.subject Posterity en
dc.title Retro quality and historical consciousness in contemporary European television en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Louis Bayman, University of Southampton en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
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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