CST blog

  • THE STATUS OF TV SCHOLARSHIP - AND WHAT WE COULD DO ABOUT...

    A few years ago my wonderful supervisor, Christine Geraghty, asked me what my experience was of speaking to other academics about television. My experience was fine – people seemed interested and polite. They spoke about programmes that they enjoyed and c
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  • TELEVISION UP IN THE AIR by Liz Giuffre

    I first discovered what’s now called ‘binge watching’ at least 10 years ago. It was my first trip to the UK from Australia and there were episodes upon episodes of TV to watch accompanied by the direct expectation that I should sit still for very long pe
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  • DANCING WITH THE STARLETS: AESTHETICS OF AGE AND GENDER IN...

    Earlier this year Sia released a new single, Elastic Heart, with an accompanying music video that drew controversy for featuring Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf and Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler performing a contemporary dance together
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  • THE GAME OF THRONES RAPE DEBATE by William Proctor

    The sixth episode of the recent season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,’ ended with Ramsay Bolton raping his new bride, Sansa Stark, as Theon Greyjoy/ Reek is forced to watch. In the days following the episode, many cultural commentat
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  • GENRE OUT OF THE BOX ON MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES: THE...

    In Part One, I explored the genre hybridity of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and began my inquiry into how the hybridity impacts on the construction of gender in the series, concluding with the question of what happens in the series to conventional fe
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  • GENRE OUT OF THE BOX ON MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES: THE...

    In a recent article about the fiction of Angela Carter on Salon.com, Laura Miller discussed the importance of the imagination, fantasy, and fairy tales to Carter's feminism and praised Carter's audacity as a feminist of the 1970's, since that was a period
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  • HAVE A GREAT LONDON WEEKEND - WATCHING TELEVISION IN ONE...

    One of the great pleasures and challenges of conference organisation is putting interesting and complimentary panels together from the abstracts you receive. Planning that you put into this always pays off in the end, looking at each proposal from severa
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  • ALL ABOARD SLOW TV: CAPTURING THE EXPERIENCE OF WALKING ON...

    In April 2013 I walked the Pennine Way – a 268-mile trek from Edale in Derbyshire up the spine of England and into Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. Almost exactly two years later, on 24th April 2015 the Pennine Way reached its 50th anniversary as the first natio
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  • TELEVISION, BIG DATA, AND THE DIGITAL DARK AGE by JP Kelly

    Last week I spent three wonderful and intellectually stimulating days at the Forgotten Television Drama conference; an event that was organised by a number of my colleagues in the department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway. Given the topic of the confere
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  • SOUNDING LONELINESS by Sean Redmond

    Listen. If you listen closely, intensely, you will hear the sounds of loneliness scoring the most profound encounters found on our screens and in their senses. Sounding loneliness is heard in the timbre of the vanquished voice, the rhythmic pattern of ra
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