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[ecrea] New Book: The Nation on Screen: Discourses of the National on Global Television

Mon Aug 31 14:49:11 GMT 2009

The Nation on Screen: Discourses of the National on Global Television

Amidst increasing talk of the ?postnational? and the waning of the nation-state, detailed analysis of a broad spectrum of television genres in a wide range of national contexts suggests that reports of the nation?s death are indeed greatly exaggerated. The Nation on Screen: Discourses of the National on Global Television focuses on the complex discourses of the nation to be found in the television systems of twelve different countries, examining how these circulate in fiction, in news and documentary (including re-enactment formats), and in entertainment programmes, adverts and the coverage of large-scale sporting events. The nation which emerges is everywhere and nowhere, talked about endlessly but never finally grasped, repeatedly staged and re-enacted but lacking a foundational script. In short, it is a site of struggle. The stakes are high, since the nation when mobilised is a force to be reckoned with, and the on-going attempts to define it are many, varied and often highly creative. This book details many such events, from the high drama of war reporting to the self-mocking irony of ten-second commercial spots.

The Nation on Screen: Discourses of the National on Global Television

Edited by Enric Castelló, Alexander Dhoest and Hugh O?Donnell

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nation on Screen

Enric Castelló, Alexander Dhoest and Hugh O?Donnell

Part I Television Fiction Narratives

Religion and History in Contemporary Italian Television Drama

Milly Buonanno

Dramatic Professions: Workplace Drama in Spanish Television

Paul Julian Smith

Stateless Fictions: Rural and Urban Representations in Scottish and Catalan Soaps

Enric Castelló and Hugh O?Donnell

Quebec?s ?Télévision Fantastique?: Horror and National Identity in the Television Series Grande Ourse

André Loiselle

Do We Really Use Soaps to Construct Our Identities? Everyday Nationalism in Television Fiction

Alexander Dhoest

Serial Identity: Television Serials as Resources for Reflexive Identities

Lothar Mikos

Part II News, Current Affairs and Documentary Imaginaries

Television News and the Dynamics of National Remembering

Sabina Mihelj

Locating Britain: Migration and Shifting Boundaries on TV News

Bernhard Gross

When ?Us? Meet ?Them?: Representations and Reception of Muslim Women in a Flemish Documentary

Hilde Van den Bulck and Deborah Broos

We Witness the World: National and Cosmopolitan Memoriesin Documentaries about Foreign Nations

Anna Roosvall

Sharing Their Past with the Nation: Re-enactment and Testimony on British Television

Erin Bell

Re-enacting National Histories: Outback House and Narratives of Australia?s Colonial Past

Catriona Elder

Part III Entertainment, Commercials and Big Events

Germany, Television and the 2006 World Cup: National Narratives of Pride and ?Party Patriotism?

Gavin Sullivan

Romancing the Nation: Operación Triunfo (2001-2002)

Francisca López

Trauma and Kitsch: The Presentation of Israel?s Army Entertainment Troupes on Television

Dan Arav and David Gurevitz

Beyond Franco?s Nationalism: Reading Modernity in the Origins of TVE

Mar Binimelis, Josetxo Cerdán and Miguel Fernández Labayen

Leave it to Beavers: Animals, Icons and the Marketing of the Bell Beavers

Kim Sawchuk and Barbara Crow

Conclusion: Television Stories and Discourses on the Nation

Hugh O?Donnell, Alexander Dhoest and Enric Castelló


Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-0614-5

ISBN: 1-4438-0614-5

Price UK GBP: 44.99

Price US USD: 67.99


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