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Dave Rolinson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719068300

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719068300.001.0001

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Form and narrative in the 1980s

Form and narrative in the 1980s

(p.98) 3 Form and narrative in the 1980s
Alan Clarke

Alan Clarke

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines several of Clarke's productions from the 1980s, exploring how his crucial themes, including the gap between personal narratives and state discourses, repetition and the restriction of movement, are employed in his questioning of Thatcherite values. It covers various productions in the period between Beloved Enemy and Road, specifically his plays on terrorism and Northern Ireland, Psy-Warriors, Contact and Elephant. Throughout the chapter, emphasis is placed on the way Clarke dissected the political climate of the 1980s, particularly the discourses of Thatcherism, to discuss British television drama in the 1980s. It becomes imperative to take some account of how he was engaged in an ongoing dialogue with Thatcherite ideas, meanings and values.

Keywords:   political climate, personal narratives, state discourses, Thatcherism, British television drama

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