The Journalist in British Fiction and Film

Guarding the Guardians from 1900 to the Present

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Author: Sarah Lonsdale

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147422055X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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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.

Espionage in British Fiction and Film since 1900

The Changing Enemy

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Author: Oliver Buckton

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498504841

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 364

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Espionage in British Fiction and Film Since 1900: The Changing Enemy explores the key role of the spy novel and film in twentieth and twenty-first century British culture, discussing their origins, literary and political significance, and central authors of the genre. This book examines the intimate connections between the fictional treatment of espionage and the historical developments of intelligence operations, an invaluable resource at linking the portrayal of espionage in both fiction and film to the changing geopolitical realities of the modern era.

The Encyclopedia of British Film

Fourth edition

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Author: Brian McFarlane

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526111977

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1000

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With well over 6,300 articles, including over 500 new entries, this fourth edition of The Encyclopedia of British Film is a fully updated invaluable reference guide to the British film industry. It is the most authoritative volume yet, stretching from the inception of the industry to the present day, with detailed listings of the producers, directors, actors and studios behind a century or so of great British cinema. Brian McFarlane's meticulously researched guide is the definitive companion for anyone interested in the world of film. Previous editions have sold many thousands of copies and this fourth edition will be an essential work of reference for enthusiasts interested in the history of British cinema, and for universities and libraries.

Critical Perspectives on Sam Selvon

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Author: Susheila Nasta

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers

ISBN: 9780894102387

Category: Fiction

Page: 285

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This groundbreaking study of prolific Trinidadian writer Sam Selvon includes background essays, interviews with Selvon, and critical assessments of his ten novels and collected short stories. An extensive bibliography and notes on the contributors are included. In addition to Sam Selvon, the contributors to the work include Whitney Balliett, Harold Barratt, Edward Baugh, Frank Birbalsingh, E.K. Brathwaite, Edith Efron, Michel Fabre, Anson Gonzalez, Louis James, George Lamming, Bruce F. Macdonald, Peter Nazareth, V.S. Naipaul, Sandra Paquet, Jeremy Poynting, Isabel Quigley, Kenneth Ramchand, Eric Roach, Gordon Rohlehr, Andrew Salkey, Clancy Sigal, Derek Walcott, Edward Wilson, and Francis Wyndham

Home, Identity, and Mobility in Contemporary Diasporic Fiction

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Author: Jopi Nyman

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042026901

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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This innovative volume discusses the significance of home and global mobility in contemporary diasporic fiction written in English. Through analyses of central diasporic and migrant writers in the United Kingdom and the United States, the timely volume exposes the importance of home and its reconstruction in diasporic literature in the era of globalization and increasing transnational mobility. Through wide-ranging case studies dealing with a variety of black British and ethnic American writers,Home, Identity, and Mobility in Contemporary Diasporic Fiction shows how new identities and homes are constructed in the migrants' new homelands. The volume examines how diasporic novels inscribe hybridity and multiplicity in formerly uniform spaces and subvert traditional understandings of nation, citizenship, and history. Particular emphasis is on the ways in which diasporic fictions appropriate and transform traditional literary genres such as theBildungsroman and the picaresque to explore the questions of migration and transformation. The authors discussed include Caryl Phillips, Jamal Mahjoub, Mike Phillips, Hari Kunzru, Kamila Shamsie, Benjamin Zephaniah, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Cynthia Kadohata, Ana Castillo, Diana Abu-Jaber, and Bharati Mukherjee. The volume is of particular interest to all scholars and students of post-colonial and ethnic literatures in English.

New Chinese Cinema

Challenging Representations

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Author: Sheila Cornelius,Ian Haydn Smith

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 9781903364130

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 133

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New Chinese Cinema: Challenging Representations examines the 'search for roots' films that emerged from China in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. The authors contextualise the films of the so-called Fifth Generation directors who came to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s such as Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou and Tian Zhuangzhuang. Including close analysis of such pivotal films as Farewell My Concubine, Raise the Red Lantern and The Blue Kite, the book also examines the rise of contemporary Sixth Generation underground directors whose themes embrace the disaffection of urban youth.

Key Readings in Journalism

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Author: Elliot King,Jane Chapman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113576767X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 424

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Key Readings in Journalism brings together over thirty essential writings that every student of journalism should know. Designed as a primary text for undergraduate students, each reading was carefully chosen in response to extensive surveys from educators reflecting on the needs of today’s journalism classroom. Readings range from critical and historical studies of journalism, such as Walter Lippmann’s Public Opinion and Michael Schudson’s Discovering the News, to examples of classic reporting, such as Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s All the President’s Men. They are supplemented by additional readings to broaden the volume’s scope in every dimension, including gender, race, and nationality. The volume is arranged thematically to enable students to think deeply and broadly about journalism—its development, its practice, its key individuals and institutions, its social impact, and its future—and section introductions and headnotes precede each reading to provide context and key points for discussion.

America and the Americans in Postwar British Fiction

An Imagological Study of Selected Novels

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Author: Stephan-Alexander Ditze

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

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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.

Contemporary Masculinities in Fiction, Film and Television

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Author: Brian Baker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623567386

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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While masculinity has been an increasingly visible field of study within several disciplines (sociology, literary studies, cultural studies, film and tv) over the last two decades, it is surprising that analysis of contemporary representations of the first part of the century has yet to emerge. Professor Brian Baker, evolving from his previous work Masculinities in Fiction and Film: Representing Men in Popular Genres 1945-2000, intervenes to rectify the scholarship in the field to produce a wide-ranging, readable text that deals with films and other texts produced since the year 2000. Focusing on representations of masculinity in cinema, popular fiction and television from the period 2000-2010, he argues that dominant forms of masculinity in Britain and the United States have become increasingly informed by anxiety, trauma and loss, and this has resulted in both narratives that reflect that trauma and others which attempt to return to a more complete and heroic form of masculinity. While focusing on a range of popular genres, such as Bond films, war movies, science fiction and the Gothic, the work places close analyses of individual films and texts in their cultural and historical contexts, arguing for the importance of these popular fictions in diagnosing how contemporary Britain and the United States understand themselves and their changing role in the world through the representation of men, fully recognising the issues of race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age. Baker draws upon current work in mobility studies and in the study of masculinities to produce the first book-length comparative study of masculinity in popular culture of the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Horseracing and the British, 1919-39

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Author: Mike Huggins

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719065293

Category: History

Page: 230

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From the prize-winning author of Flat Racing and British Society 1780-1914, this is the first book to provide a detailed consideration of the history of racing in British culture and society and to explore the cultural world of racing during the inter-war years. It breaks new ground by showing how racing's pleasures were enjoyed even by 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.