The role of nostalgia in British television

Purnell, Charlotte Patricia (2015) The role of nostalgia in British television. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Nostalgia is an ambivalent emotion that all humans are familiar with. It is formed of memories from previous times, and is often remembered with a mixture of fondness for the past, and then sadness due to it being irretrievable. Our desire for the feeling of nostalgia is exhibited throughout our popular culture, in particular British television shows such as 'Downton Abbey, and 'Call the midwife'. Both of these television series depict a different era to the one that they were created in, and the public soak up the stories with fascination and romantic ideas about the past. But what is it about these historical works of fiction that draws in audiences of such magnitude, and is it something to be concerned about?

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 16:21
    Last Modified: 24 Nov 2015 16:21
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/18982

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