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Title: Truth-telling strategies of British drama-documentary : from realism to postmodernism
Author: Shaw, Nicola
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 6474
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2008
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This study offers a retrospective, critical view of the field of drama\documentary on British television and, through the examination of key social and theoretical shifts surrounding issues of "reality" and "truth", offers a new critical and conceptual framework for the consideration of drama\documentary texts. Locating selected examples of realist compositional strategies within an account of contemporary thinking in the field of reality, this thesis traces the development of the form and shifts in conceptions of the real that have impacted upon it. Two contrasting historical moments are established as a means of demonstrating the shift in consciousness and strategies of authentication from the realisms of the post-war period to the post-structural discourse of the postmodern era. A comparative analysis of specific texts is placed in the context of this shift, foregrounding its impact on features of textual composition, faith in television discourse, and changing reading dispositions. The significance of these texts does not lie simply in the relationship between dramatic and documentary modes and the extent to which either has been employed, but also in the which dramatic forms are used or documentary traditions referenced, and to what effect, within a specific historical context. This thesis argues for a historically situated approach to the medium of drama\documentary and suggests that codes and conventions deployed within given texts are always relative to time. This is evidenced through the concept of "reality status", which asserts that guarantors of truth and strategies of authentication within the drama\documentary text are drawn from the truth-telling strategies of the era.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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