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Irish television drama: a society and its stories

Sheehan, Helena (2004) Irish television drama: a society and its stories. Broadcasting and Irish Society . Radio Telefís Éireann, Dublin . ISBN 0860290115

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This book is a social history of Ireland seen through its television drama. It begins with the introduction of indigenous television in Ireland with the launch of RTE in 1962. It traces 25 years of Irish society in a process of social transformation and analyses the role of television drama in a struggle to define the nature of that process. It probes television drama in terms of its deep structures, in the context of the total flow of television and of the larger panorama of social experience. It charts the changing patterns of representation of gender roles, moral codes, class conflict, rural-urban tensions, religious belief, political power, domestic life, emigration, education and republicanism. It is a comprehensive account of plays, series and serials. It scrutinises the assumptions underlying them, the power structures surrounding them and the controversies set off by them.

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:This book was published by RTE in 1987 and a revised edition was published in 2004. A subsequent book, The Continuing Story of Irish Television Drama: Tracking the Tiger, is sequel to this book, taking the story further another 15 years. It was published by Four Courts Press in 2004.
Uncontrolled Keywords:media studies; television studies; cultural studies; social history; television drama; narrative; storytelling; criteria; sixties; seventies; eighties; zeitgeist; gender; class; politics; religion; republicanism; troubles; conflict;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Sociology
Humanities > History
Social Sciences > Communication
Social Sciences > Mass media
Humanities > Drama
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Publisher:Radio Telefís Éireann
Copyright Information:© Helena Sheehan
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:4627
Deposited On:19 Jun 2009 11:12 by Helena Sheehan. Last Modified 19 Jun 2009 11:35

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