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Realism, naturalism and television soap opera

Longhurst, BJ 1987, 'Realism, naturalism and television soap opera' , Theory, Culture & Society, 4 (3) , pp. 633-649.

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Abstract

This paper argues that the concept of soap-opera realism, as developed in some of the recent critical writing on soap opera, is central to the understanding of this form of television drama. However, in its present form, this concept is insufficiently nuanced. In developing the concept, the work of Raymond Williams is drawn upon to delineate three sub-types of soap-opera realism: soap-opera realism in the subjunctive mode, soap-opera realism in the indicative mode, and soap-opera naturalism. The latter is then discussed in detail with particular attention being paid to Coronation Street. In the course of this analysis, two key naturalistic elements in Coronation Street are considered: the nature of living spaces and the connection of character to environment.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
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Journal or Publication Title: Theory, Culture & Society
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0263-2764
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2012 10:06
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:25
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/20827

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