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Whatever happened to the north of England? : the spaces of post-industrial northern England in contemporary television and film drama

By John Curzon

Abstract

This thesis examines the spaces of urban-industrial northern England within the context\ud of post-industrial change. This work combines close textual analysis and an\ud interdisciplinary approach, which includes an examination of sociological, economic\ud and political contexts relating to de-industrialisation and the growth of the service\ud economy. The thesis is organised into four chapters, each dealing with a different\ud manifestation of northern space, including ‘The Red-Brick Terraced Street’, ‘The\ud Council Estate’, ‘The Mill and the Mosque’, and ‘The Gentrified North’.\ud I argue that within a range of texts, the representation of northern space reflects the\ud fragmentation that is a key feature of both the post-industrial experience. Furthermore, it\ud is argued that the gendered balance of northern representation has shifted, spatially and\ud generically, back towards a feminine paradigm. Contrary to surface appearances, it is\ud also argued that important elements of traditional hegemonic representations of northern\ud space are seen to persist within the spaces of the new despite the fragmentation that\ud characterises the post-industrial era

Topics: HD, PN1990, PN1993
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