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A Sentimental Journey: writing emotion in television

Kristyn Gorton

in Media Audiences

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748624171
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670956 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624171.003.0007
A Sentimental Journey: writing emotion in television

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As the first of the case studies on emotion in television, this chapter considers the importance of writing to the construction of emotion in a television text, by drawing on an interview with British television writer/producer Kay Mellor. Although there has been little academic engagement with her work, Mellor is undoubtedly a major television phenomenon. Her work might usefully be situated within the broader context of the British social reality tradition and reflects both the concerns inherent to this project and also the more recent shifts within it. Mellor clearly identifies empathy as a fundamental aspect in creating a connection between viewer and screen. Indeed, what Mellor's work demonstrates is a sentimental engagement between spectator and screen that is not fantastical but is nonetheless affective and which provides an emotional simulation between character and viewer that may perhaps resonate more profoundly than previous understandings of emotional engagements have allowed.

Keywords: Television screenwriting; Sentimentalism; Kay Mellor; British television

Chapter.  4362 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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