Ross Garner - BA (Cardiff University), MA (University of Bristol)
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Nostalgia, Time Travel and 21st Century British Television
My PhD adopts a constructionist approach to the concept of nostalgia and argues that this affective state can be theorised as a discursive and/or narrative form due to the recurrent characteristics identifiable in expressions of this feeling. The research then adopts a textual analysis approach and explores how nostalgia can be explored through the textual and production-based ‘strategies’ (Johnson 2005) of television programmes in a variety of ways.
Considering nostalgia in this manner subsequently involves engaging with a number of historical and institutional issues surrounding the TVIII era (Rogers, Epstein and Reeves 2002) and so takes a case study approach to three important programmes (and their spin-offs) from the recent genre cycle (Altman 1999) of time travel dramas that have appeared on British television.
The case studies cover:
- Nostalgia, time travel and public service broadcasting in Doctor Who (BBC 2005- ) and Torchwood (BBC 2006- )
- Nostalgia, time travel and postmodernism in Life on Mars (BBC 2006-7) and Ashes to Ashes (BBC 2008-10)
- Nostalgia, time travel and gender in Lost in Austen (ITV/Mammoth Productions 2008)
Supervisor: Dr. Matt Hills
- Cult TV
- Industrial/Institutional perspectives on British television
- Autumn Semester 2006-9: Popular Culture (Dr Matt Hills and Dr Paul Bowman)
- Spring Semester 2007-10: Representations (Dr Paul Mason)
Garner, R. P., Beattie, M. And McCormack, U. (2010) Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Critical Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.
Garner, R. P. (2010) ‘Don’t You Forget About Me: Intertextuality and Generic Anchoring in The Sarah Jane Adventures’, in R P Garner, M Beattie and U McCormack (eds.) Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Critical Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.
Garner, R. P. (2010) ‘That’s Sarah Jane!: Intradiegetic Allusions, Embodied Presence and Nostalgia’, in D Mellor and B Earl (eds.) New Dimensions of Doctor Who. London: I B Tauris.