Making history: post-historical commemorations of the past in British television

Smith, L. (2007) Making history: post-historical commemorations of the past in British television. Groundings, 1,




The postmodernist re-evaluation of historical study has let to an awareness of the value of the moving image to the historian. Film can present us with glimpses of a past independent of discourse and its unique link with reality carries with it inevatible assumptions of authenticity. Yet the selection and manipulation of material by the filmmaker and the dependence on causality or the establishment of 'fact', makes historical documentary as problematic as any other mode of historiography. National history is shaped as national identity, and, ultimately, acts of commemoration say as much about the present as the past.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Miss Laura
Authors: Smith, L.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Groundings
Publisher:Glasgow University Dialectic Society
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2007 Glasgow University Dialectic Society
First Published:First published in Groundings 1
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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