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:
Supervisor: Dr. Matt Hills