What is it about?

This article aims to formalise a 'post-heritage' approach to analysing period drama, drawing on the scholarly contexts of heritage drama and the post-heritage term (as coined by Claire Monk), as well as recent aesthetic approaches to television studies. After outlining this approach, I offer an initial case study of The Crown (Netflix, 2016-present) to demonstrate the post-heritage methodology.

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Why is it important?

The critical framework outlined suggests an analytical approach to period drama that recognises its status amidst the significant institutional developments of television in the 2010s. This allows the period drama category to avoid being dismissed as inherently conservative and regressive.


I hope that this article will act as an initial statement of the approach that will characterise my ongoing research. It engages with academic works specific to period drama and in contemporary television studies more generally, and I see it as inviting further scholarly discourse as the field and the industry continue to develop.

Will Stanford Abbiss
Victoria University of Wellington

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This page is a summary of: Proposing a Post-heritage Critical Framework: The Crown, Ambiguity, and Media Self-consciousness, Television & New Media, August 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1527476419866427.
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