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Nazi Germany in tv documentaries: Fact, fiction and the fantastic
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
2009 (English)In: Televising History 2009, University of Lincoln, UK, 22-25 July 2009, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In my recently (2008) finished PhD study I examined representations of Nazi Germany in today´s popular culture, and the reception of these, with a special focus on films and computer games. One of the main results is that fact and fiction are constantly being mixed, resulting in what can be characterised as a hyperreal, “fantastic” version of Nazi Germany, with close connections to traditional mythical narratives. However – and surprisingly enough – the study also clearly shows that it is within documentary films that one frequently finds elements of the mythical and the fantastic, including the occult and science fiction, while these are relatively rare in fictional narratives and docudramas. This presentation is based upon parts of my PhD thesis and shows how the mythical and the fantastic enter factual history tv programmes. I also discuss the implications of this for collective memories of Nazi Germany and World War II.

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Nazi Germany, documentary film, fact/fiction, the fantastic, memory
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Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68777OAI: diva2:473517
Available from: 2012-01-06 Created: 2012-01-06

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