Form and narrative in the 1980s

Alan Clarke

in Alan Clarke

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719068300
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702987 | DOI:
Form and narrative in the 1980s

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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

Chapter.  24118 words. 

Subjects: Television

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