2-D histories: media texts and the creation of the past
Havemann, L. (1996). 2-D histories: media texts and the creation of the past. Paper presented at 2nd University of Waikato History Graduates’ Conference.
Permanent Research Commons link: http://hdl.handle.net/10289/8179
Why might it be desirable or possible for historians to analyse media texts? The objective of this paper is to outline some theoretical considerations which seem necessary to the planning and execution of such a research project. I will discuss the question of how both media and history relate to the past, examine the significance of narrative as a device that brings coherence to media and historical texts, and finally relate these points to the construction of national identity.