Fans, Feminisms and 'quality' Media

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 220 pages
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Fans, Feminisms and 'Quality' Media considers how long-running and popular radio and TV programmes such as Inspector Morse and The Archers participate in contemporary debates about ethnicity and national identity, gender and feminisms, and tradition and modernity. Examining the connections between these programmes and heritage film, Lyn Thomas reveals how both programmes, in different ways, reflect tensions in postcolonial British culture and contribute to definitions of 'quality' in the media. Through in-depth research and interviews with listeners and viewers, she investigates the social construction of identities (particularly feminist identities) in talk about media texts, showing how popular radio and TV series become part of their audience's own personal narratives.
 

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Contents

Critical Debates Texts and Contexts
31
Introducing the Audience Study
59
In Love with Inspector Morse
75
Archers Addicts
103
Feminisms Fans and Country Folk
135
Conclusion
173
The Archers Followup Questionnaire for Theatre
183
Description oMorse Extracts Shown
191
Notes
199
Bibliography
207
Index
217
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About the author (2002)

Lyn Thomas is Principal Lecturer in French and Research Director in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of North London.