Something ‘wyrd’ this way comes: folklore and British television

RODGERS, Diane (2019). Something ‘wyrd’ this way comes: folklore and British television. Folklore.

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Outlining key elements of folk horror, this article discusses the influence of British 1970s television upon post-2000 folk-horror revivalists, arguing that television is of vital importance to social and cultural folklore. With reference to Mikel Koven’s ‘mass-mediated ostension’, this study brings together folkloristics and screen studies, and proposes ‘wyrd’ as a term to apply to eerie, hauntological media with folkloric themes. Supernatural tropes are examined alongside a case-study analysis of the BBC series Ghost Stories for Christmas to illustrate how folkloric content is represented on-screen, and how the eerie atmosphere of 1970s television was created.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Folklore
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Media Arts and Communication
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
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Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2018 10:24
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 19:01

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