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Title: 'Yesterday once more' : an investigation of the relationship between popular music, audience, and authorial intention in Dennis Potter's 'Pennies from heaven', 'The singing detective', and 'Lipstick on your collar'
Author: Brie, Stephen Michael.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2667 1507
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2001
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Critical interpretations of Dennis Potter's television drama serials have tended to take a writer-centred perspective, focusing on establishing links between the dramatist's life and work. In analysing the popular music content of these texts, critics have consistently postulated the existence of Brechtian distanciation effects on an implied viewer. Although, in order to contextualise Potter's relationship with popular music, authorial intention is discussed, this study shifts the focus towards empirical interpretations of the musical sequences in Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective and Lipstick on Your Col/ar, and, in doing so, problematises the application of Brechtian theory to those texts. Utilising theoretical framings drawn from television studies, film studies, literary studies, communication studies, and musicology, the thesis offers interpretation and analysis of empirical material generated in response to both quantitative and qualitative exercises, and sets out to identify, and investigate, the narratological, musicological, and psychological factors which come into play when actual viewers encounter the narratively foregrounded, lip-synched musical sequences in Potter's serials. The influence of respondent age and gender, of implied author discourse, and of genre expectation on emprirical readings are also investigated. The thesis identifies, and attempts to account for, a predisposition on the part of Potter's musically-infused period dramas to stimulate susceptible viewers to drift away from the performance, and into nostalgic memory excursions, or fabricated imaginings, experiences which often result in narrative amnesia, an inability to subsequently recall and/or recollect elements of narrative detail.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Television