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Nostalgie / Nostalgia

Imaginierte Zeit-Räume in globalen Medienkulturen / Imagined Time-Spaces in Global Media Cultures

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Sabine Sielke

Nostalgie boomt – als kulturelles Phänomen wie als Forschungsgegenstand. Was aber ist und wie wirkt Nostalgie? Dieses Buch zeigt auf, wie Nostalgie die Zeit anzuhalten sucht und unsere Wahrnehmung steuert. Eng verknüpft mit dem Aufkommen neuer Medientechnologien und Prozessen des Konsums schaffen Nostalgie und Retro imaginierte Zeit-Räume, die Vergangenes neu erfinden und sich Zukünftigem öffnen.

Nostalgia booms – both as cultural phenomenon and as research object. Yet what is nostalgia, and how does it work? This book shows how nostalgia aims at arresting time and channels our perception. Inextricably entwined with the rise of new media technologies and processes of consumption, nostalgia and retro create imagined time-spaces which reinvent the past and face the future.

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Celebrating the British 1950s: ‘Serial Nostalgia’ in the TV Series Call the Midwife (Marion Gymnich)

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Marion Gymnich

Celebrating the British 1950s: ‘Serial Nostalgia’ in the TV Series Call the Midwife

Abstract: Focused on the BBC series Call the Midwife (2012-), this essay shows how audiovisual devices, including a soundtrack with a 1950s musical score and recurring voiceover sequences, create a time-space and atmosphere that nostalgically envisions the post-war decade as an era of hope and progress.

The BBC One drama series Call the Midwife, whose first six episodes were broadcast in 2012 and which encompasses 42 episodes (including four Christmas specials1) so far, has turned out to be among the most successful British television shows produced in the last few years. Call the Midwife has also become an international success, being quite popular in a number of countries including Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, where it has been aired on PBS. The fifth series2 was broadcast in spring 2016, and the BBC has already commissioned a sixth series, which suggests that the TV channel sees no reason to doubt the appeal of the show. The series Call the Midwife has been inspired by Jennifer Worth’s eponymous memoir, which was published in 2002, as well as by its two sequels Shadows of the Workhouse (2005) and Farewell to the East End (2009). Worth died of cancer in 2011 and thus did not live to see the success of the TV adaptation of her autobiographical narrative. The three-volume memoir provides a lively account of the years Worth (née...

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