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Upstairs and downstairs : British costume drama television from the Forsyte saga to Downton Abbey

Author: James Leggott; Julie Anne Taddeo
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The international success of Downton Abbey has led to a revived interest in period dramas, with older programs like The Forsyte Saga being rediscovered by a new generation of fans whose tastes also include grittier fare like Ripper Street. Though often criticized as a form of escapist, conservative nostalgia, these shows can also provide a lens to examine the class and gender politics of both the past and present.  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Upstairs and downstairs
(DLC) 2014031795
(OCoLC)890310154
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Leggott; Julie Anne Taddeo
ISBN: 9781442244832 1442244836
OCLC Number: 898476752
Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 298 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
Pageantry and populism, democratization and dissent: the forgotten 1970s / Claire Monk --
History's drama: narrative space in "Golden Age" British television drama / Tom Bragg --
"It's not clever, it's not funny, and it's not period!": costume comedy and British television / James Leggott --
"It is but a glimpse of the world of fashion": British costume drama, Dickens, and serialization / Marc Napolitano --
Neverending stories?: the paradise and the period drama series / Benjamin Poore --
Epistolarity and masculinity in Andrew Davies's Trollope adaptations / Ellen Moody --
"What are we going to do with Uncle Arthur?": music in the British serialized period drama / Scott Strovas and Karen Beth Strovas --
British historical drama and the Middle Ages / Andrew B.R. Elliott --
Desacralizing the icon: Elizabeth I and television / Sabrina Alcorn Baron --
"It's not the navy" We don't stand back to stand upwards": The Onedin line and the changing waters of British Maritime identity / Mark Fryers --
Good-bye to all that: Piece of Cake, Danger UXB, and the Second World War / A. Bowdoin Van Riper --
Upstairs, downstairs (2010-2012) and narratives of domestic and foreign appeasement / Giselle Bastin --
Downton Abbey and heritage / Katherine Byrne --
Experimentation and post-heritage in contemporary TV drama: parade's end / Stella Hockenhull --
"Why don't you take her?": rape in the Poldark narrative / Julie Anne Taddeo --
The imaginative power of Downton Abbey fanfiction / Andrea Schmidt --
This wonderful commercial machine: gender, class, and the pleasures and spectacle of shopping in the paradise and Mr. Selfridge / Andrea Wright --
Taking a pregnant pause: interrogating the feminist potential of Call the Midwife / Louise FitzGerald --
Queer lives: representation and reinterpretation in Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey / Lucy Brown --
Troubled by violence: transnational complexity and the critique of masculinity in Ripper Street / Elke Weissmann.
Responsibility: edited by James Leggott, Julie Anne Taddeo.

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