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    “What Is This, the Seventies?” Spectres of the Past (and the Future) in Recent Northern Irish Television

    Coulter, Colin (2022) “What Is This, the Seventies?” Spectres of the Past (and the Future) in Recent Northern Irish Television. Television & New Media, 23 (4). pp. 422-437. ISSN 1552-8316

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    For all the gains made during its celebrated peace process, Northern Ireland remains haunted by a conflict that claimed more than 3,700 lives. One of the spaces in which the ghosts of the past manifest themselves is that of television drama. In this article, Mark Fisher’s reading of “hauntology” provides the theoretical frame for an analysis of two recent TV series set in Northern Ireland: The Fall and Derry Girls. Although the programs could not be more different in both tone and content, they both illustrate sharply that the region remains, in John Hewitt’s indelible phrase, a “ghost-haunted land.” In particular, The Fall and Derry Girls reveal that Northern Ireland continues to be deeply troubled both by those who were lost during the conflict and by that which was lost in the transition to peace.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Northern Ireland; hauntology; The Fall; Derry Girls; Mark Fisher; spectres;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 17077
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    Depositing User: Colin Coulter
    Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2023 11:16
    Journal or Publication Title: Television & New Media
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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