From Disraeli to Christopher Eccleston
5 July 2014
Time 13:00 - 14:00
Duration 60 minutes
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From drama to satire, the British public’s view of democracy has long been shaped by fiction. Come and hear Professor Steven Fielding’s latest research on how the British have imagined their politics, from the parliament worship of Anthony Trollope to the cynicism of the BBC’s The Thick of It. Fielding argues that dramas and fictions have performed a crucial if rarely noted role in the battle of ideas, in a way undreamt of by politicians.
Fielding’s talk, based on his latest book A State of Play, will examine what role Manchester and Salford have played in Britain’s imagined democracy, from Disraeli’s 1845 novel Sybil to Christopher Eccleston’s time as Dr Who and his starring role in the 2012 conspiracy drama Blackout. Along the way Fielding discusses Walter Greenwood’s inter war novels Love on the Dole and His Worship the Mayor, the 1970s and 1980s radical dramas of Trevor Griffths and Jim Allen – as well as the politics of Coronation Street.
Steven Fielding is Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham.
Suitable for adults and young people
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