It's Just So Hard to Bring It to Mind: The Significance of ‘Wallpaper’ in the Gendering of Television Memory Work
Memory is theorised as constructive and unreliable, while television has been characterised as forgettable and guilty of undermining memory. In a recent series of oral history interviews, British women of different generations shared their recollections of television in the period between 1947 and 1989. This article presents some of these narratives to demonstrate how, far from undermining memory, television’s domestic presence has enabled women to use everyday television in their memory work across the life course. The findings suggest that in the process of memory work itself, at least for these women viewers, the metaphor of television memory as ‘wallpaper’ needs to be developed since it is precisely these narratives located within everyday and the quotidian that are loaded with most emotional significance.
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Citation : Collie, H. (2013) Bring It to Mind: The Significance of ‘Wallpaper’ in the Gendering of Television Memory Work. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, 2(3), pp.13-21.
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