the journalist in british fiction and film

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The Journalist In British Fiction And Film

Author : Sarah Lonsdale
ISBN : 9781474220552
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Why did Edwardian novelists portray journalists as swashbuckling, truth-seeking super-heroes whereas post-WW2 depictions present the journalist as alienated outsider? Why are contemporary fictional journalists often deranged, murderous or intensely vulnerable? As newspaper journalism faces the double crisis of a lack of trust post-Leveson, and a lack of influence in the fragmented internet age, how do cultural producers view journalists and their role in society today? In The Journalist in British Fiction and Film Sarah Lonsdale traces the ways in which journalists and newspapers have been depicted in fiction, theatre and film from the dawn of the mass popular press to the present day. The book asks first how journalists were represented in various distinct periods of the 20th century and then attempts to explain why these representations vary so widely. This is a history of the British press, told not by historians and sociologists, but by writers and directors as well as journalists themselves. In uncovering dozens of forgotten fictions, Sarah Lonsdale explores the bare-knuckled literary combat conducted by writers contesting the disputed boundaries between literature and journalism. Within these texts and films there is perhaps also a clue as to how the best aspects of 'Fourth estate' journalism can survive in the digital age. Authors covered in the volume include: Martin Amis, Graham Greene, George Orwell, Pat Barker, Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Bowen, Arnold Wesker and Rudyard Kipling. Television and films covered include House of Cards (US and UK versions), Spotlight, Defence of the Realm, Secret State and State of Play.

The 1980s A Decade Of Contemporary British Fiction

Author : Philip Tew
ISBN : 9781441168535
Genre : Literary Criticism
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How did social, cultural and political events in Britain during the 1980s shape contemporary British fiction? Setting the fiction squarely within the context of Conservative politics and questions about culture and national identity, this volume reveals how the decade associated with Thatcherism frames the work of Kazuo Ishiguro, Martin Amis, and Graham Swift, of Scottish novelists and new diasporic writers. How and why 1980s fiction is a response to particular psychological, social and economic pressures is explored in detail. Drawing on the rise of individualism and the birth of neo-liberalism, contributors reflect on the tense relations between 1980s politics and realism, and between elegy and satire. Noting the creation of a 'heritage industry' during the decade, the rise of the historical novel is also considered against broader cultural changes. Viewed from the perspective of more recent theorisations of crisis following both 9/11 and the 21st-century financial crash, this study makes sense of why and how writers of the 1980s constructed fictions in response to this decade's own set of fundamental crises.

British Fiction Today

Author : Rod Mengham
ISBN : 9781441181053
Genre : Literary Criticism
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British Fiction Today provides students and readers with a critical introduction to key authors and novels since 1990 and provides the latest critical perspectives on current British fiction. It offers comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of a broad range of selected contemporary authors, drawing together both established and emerging literary voices reflecting the scope of the new British writing. The book is organised around common themes - Modern Lives, Contemporary Living; Dreamtime; States of Identity and Histories. Each section begins with a short introductory essay and ends with a guide to further reading. Introducing key works, writers and major themes including post-colonialism, pluralism, gender and history, this book is the ideal guide to British fiction today. Includes discussion of Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Coe, Alan Hollinghurst, Peter Ackroyd, Jenny Diski, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Toby Litt, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Jeanetter Winterson, Pat Barker, A S Byatt, Adam Thorpe and Sarah Waters.

Complicity

Author : Iain Banks
ISBN : 9780743200189
Genre : Fiction
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In Scotland, a self-appointed executioner dispenses justice to fit the crime. Thus the lenient judge who let a rapist go is punished by being raped, while a man who killed is killed in turn.

America And The Americans In Postwar British Fiction

Author : Stephan-Alexander Ditze
ISBN : STANFORD:36105127422710
Genre : Literary Criticism
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National images have been firmly established in western literatures since classical antiquity. Since the seventeenth century, these images have made an impact on the reception of the literary works in question and have influenced the production of later generations of writers. Despite this early interest of artists in national images, it was not until the early twentieth century that such images were addressed by literary scholarship. However, imagology, a branch of Comparative and General Literature, is still marked by a widespread terminological incoherence. The present study wants to help eliminate this deficit. To this end, the basic notions 'image' and 'stereotype' are unambiguously defined and made applicable for practical criticism by using the newly coined concept of 'imagene' and a structuralist model of images. The explanatory power of the conceptual framework proposed is demonstrated by in-depth analyses of five British novels of the second half of the twentieth century which focus on the United States of America and its inhabitants.

The Last King Of Scotland

Author : Giles Foden
ISBN : 9780307808547
Genre : Fiction
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Nicholas Garrigan has fled his native Scotland, and his parents' expectations, to take a position as a doctor in a remote rural outpost of Central Africa. Shortly after his arrival in Uganda, he is called to the scene of a bizarre car accident: Idi Amin, manically driving his red Maserati down the dirt tracks of Garrigan's small village, has run over a cow. Garrigan binds Amin's sprained wrist and puts the incident behind him, until a letter arrives from the Minister of Health informing him that Amin--in his obsession with all things Scottish--has ap-pointed Garrigan his personal physician. Garrigan is instructed to settle into State House, on the grounds of Amin's residence, immediately. Later, Garrigan will reflect that had he known what awaited him, had he foreseen the terrifying concatenation of events this decision would set in motion, he would have boarded the first plane back to Scotland. He will wonder why it never occurred to him to simply say no. But--flattered, disarmed, and intrigued, if uneasily, by the pros-pect of entering Amin's inner circle--he steps into the role of caring for the man who will turn out to be one of the most brutal dictators of all time. So begins Nick Garrigan's journey into a Con-radian heart of darkness, as his own moral center battles weakly against, and then succumbs to, the dark and irresistible seductions of Idi Amin Dada, whose cruelty and cunning are masked by brilliant rhetoric, hilarious wit, and electrifying personal magnetism. When at last Nick awakens to the horrors of Amin's regime, he must awaken also to his own complicity in it--he cared for Amin, as a doctor and as a friend--and to the knowledge that he is both a traitor to his own country and a prisoner in his new one. By turns comic and chilling, Giles Foden's The Last King of Scotland is a masterful debut from a remarkable talent--a riveting history of "blood, misery and foolishness" that lingers in the mind long after the last page is turned, and a profound meditation on conscience, charisma, and the slow corruption of the human heart.

Documentary Screens

Author : Keith Beattie
ISBN : 9781137207326
Genre : Performing Arts
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Documentary productions encompass remarkable representations of surprising realities. How do documentaries achieve their ends? What types of documentaries are there? What factors are implicated in their production? Such questions animate this engaging study. Documentary Screens is a comprehensive and critical study of the formal features and histories of central categories of documentary film and television. Among the categories examined are autobiographical, indigenous and ethnographic documentary, compilation films, direct cinema and cinema verite and television documentary journalism. The book also considers recent so-called popular factual entertainment and the future of documentary film, television and new media. This provocative and accessible analysis situates wide-ranging examples from each category within the larger material forces which impact on documentary form and content. The important connection between form, content and context explored in the book constitutes a new and lively 'documentary studies' approach to documentary representation.

The Non Fiction Film In Britain 1945 51

Author : Leo Douglas Graham Enticknap
ISBN : STANFORD:36105025090213
Genre : Documentary films
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Horseracing And The British 1919 39

Author : Mike Huggins
ISBN : 0719065291
Genre : History
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This is a detailed consideration of the history of racing in British culture and society and an exploration of the cultural world of racing during the inter-war years. the supposedly respectable middle classes, and gave some working-class groups hope and consolation during economically difficult times. Regular attendance and increased spending on betting were found across class and generation and women too were keen participants. Enjoyed by the Royal Family and controlled by the Jockey Club and National Hunt Committee, racing's visible emphasis on rank and status helped defend hierarchy and gentlemanly amateurism and provided support for more conservative British attitudes. The mass media provided a cumulative cultural validation of racing, helping define national and regional identity and encouraging the affluent consumption of sporting experience and frank enjoyment of betting. exploration of the internal culture of racing itself: the racecourse and course life, trainers and jockeys, owners and breeders. be of value for undergraduate courses on the history of modern British society, sport and cultural studies and should be welcomed by racing enthusiasts everywhere.

British Crime Film

Author : Barry Forshaw
ISBN : 9781137005038
Genre : Performing Arts
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A comprehensive social history of British crime film by the UK's principal expert on crime film and fiction Presenting a stunning social history of Britain through classic crime film, Barry Forshaw, one of the UK's leading experts on crime fiction and fiction, focuses on how crime films have portrayed our changing attitudes towards class, politics, sex, delinquency, violence and censorship. Focusing on these key issues, British Crime Film examines strategies used by film makers in order to address more radical notions of society's decline. Spanning post-war crime cinema, from Green for Danger to Get Carter, from The Lady Killers to Layer Cake, from The Long Good Friday to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, British Crime Film contextualizes the movies and identifies important and neglected works which will delight and intrigue film fans of this well-loved genre.

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