Last week I gave a lecture as part of my final year undergraduate Fictionalised Politics course, which looks at how representative politics - let's just call it 'democracy' - is depicted in Britain and the United States.
The basic proposition is that fictional representations matter because they do more than (imperfectly) reflect how we imagine our our real democracy: they can also shape how we come to think about it. I develop some of the themes in the course in my book A State of Play, which focuses just on British political fiction.
In the lecture I talked about gender as the ‘social organization of sexual difference’, the meanings of
The BBC aired The Kennedys in the late summer of 2011.
The series proved controversial in the US as some saw it as a politically-inspired attack upon a family seen by many as the standard bearers of liberal Democratic politics.
In this piece for The Huffington Post I look at the increasing trend of political biopics to highlight their subjects' personal foibles and wonder what that says about current attitudes about politics.