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Beyond RepresentationTelevision Drama and the Politics and Aesthetics of Identity$
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Geraldine Harris

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074585

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074585.001.0001

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Conclusion: beyond (simple) representation? Metrosexuality and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence

Conclusion: beyond (simple) representation? Metrosexuality and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence

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(p.169) 6 Conclusion: beyond (simple) representation? Metrosexuality and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence
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Beyond Representation
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Geraldine Harris

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074585.003.0019

This chapter takes into account, a comment by Russell T. Davis, the writer of Queer as Folk to touch on the problematic relationship between notions of ‘good television drama’ and those of ‘political correctness’. This is pursued through a discussion of two dramas, Metrosexuality and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, as a means of reflecting back on the questions around aesthetics and the politics of subjectivity and identity. The analyses of Metrosexuality and the drama documentary The Murder of Stephen Lawrence provide a different perspective on the question of ‘simple’ representation. Furthermore, this chapter critiques tendencies towards relativism that often occur in both celebratory and pessimistic accounts of the postmodern. Finally, it emphasizes that various factors, ranging from the general, the abstract and the contextual to the particular and the textual, must be taken into account in assessing the political implications of any given television production.

Keywords:   Metrosexuality, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Russell T. Davis, television drama

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