A State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, by Steven Fielding

By Steven Fielding

A nation of Play explores how the British have imagined their politics, from the parliament worship of Anthony Trollope to the cynicism of The Thick of It. In an account that combines historic with political research, Steven Fielding argues that fictional depictions of politics have performed a tremendous yet insidious half in shaping how the British take into consideration their democracy and feature helped ventilate their many frustrations with Westminster. He indicates that dramas and fictions have additionally played an important function within the conflict of principles, in a manner undreamt of through those that draft social gathering manifestos.

The ebook examines the paintings of openly political writers have handled the topic, discussing the novels of H.G. Wells, the comedy sequence Yes, Minister and the performs of David Hare. besides the fact that, it additionally assesses how much less visible assets, corresponding to the flicks of George Formby, the novels of Agatha Christie, the Just William stories and scenario comedies like Steptoe and Son, have mirrored on consultant democracy.

A country of Play
is a useful, exact and interesting consultant to a brand new frame of mind approximately Britain's political previous and present.

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