KEIGHTLEY, E., 2011. From Dynasty to Songs of Praise: television as cultural resource for gendered remembering. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 14 (4), pp. 395 - 410.
Despite detailed interrogations of the uses of media technologies and texts with overtly mnemonic
functions in memory studies, there remains a limited engagement with the significance of television
and everyday televisual texts in practices of remembering from specific social locations in the
interests of performing and constructing particular social identities. Often, programming which
refers to the past is considered from a textual rather than an audience perspective, and is viewed
routinely through the analytical framework of history rather than memory. This article attempts
to address this neglect by outlining the case for attending to television programmes beyond
the conventionally historical as specifically gendered mnemonic resources. The article uses data
drawn from in-depth interviews with women about their mnemonic practices to explore how
they use television in everyday instances of remembering, and considers how these contribute to
the articulation and construction of social identities.