Beyond Representation: Television Drama and the Politics and Aesthetics of Identity

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Manchester University Press, Aug 31, 2011 - Performing Arts - 214 pages
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Beyond representation explores whether the last thirty years witnessed signs of 'progress' or 'progressiveness' in the representation of 'marginalised' or subaltern identity categories within television drama in Britain and the US. In doing so, it interrogates some of the key assumptions concerning the relationship between aesthetics and the politics of identity that have influenced and informed television drama criticism during this period. This book examines ideas around politics and aesthetics, which emerge from such theories as Marxist-socialism and postmodernism, feminism and postmodern feminism, anti-racism and postcolonialism, queer theory and theories of globalisation, and evaluates their impact on television criticism and on television as an institution. These discussions are consolidated through a number of case studies that offer analyses of a range of television drama texts including 'Ally McBeal', 'Supply and Demand', 'The Bill', 'Second Generation', 'Star Trek: Enterprise', 'Queer as Folk', 'Metrosexuality' and 'The Murder of Stephen Lawrence'.

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Could have been more carefully researched. David Kelley's name is misspelled. His speech where Ally McBeal wants to get married first was spoken in episode Silver Bells not Blame Game.


The ends of feminisms? From Madonna to Ally McBeal
diasporic subjectivities and race relations
myths of the global and global
Only human nature after all? Romantic attractions
beyond simple representation? Metrosexuality

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Geraldine Harris is Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Studies at Lancaster University.

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