A Condition of England: The critique of racism, sexism and the ‘back to nature’ movement in the BBC's adaptation of Peter Dickinson's ‘The Changes’ novels

Wright, Peter (2013) A Condition of England: The critique of racism, sexism and the ‘back to nature’ movement in the BBC's adaptation of Peter Dickinson's ‘The Changes’ novels. Science Fiction Film and Television, 6 (2). pp. 253-279. ISSN 1754-3770 DOI https://doi.org/10.3828/sfftv.2013.17

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Abstract

The Changes, the BBC's 1975 adaptation of Peter Dickinson's ‘The Changes’ novels, constitutes a direct critique of racism, sexism and the ‘back to nature’ movement in mid-1970s Britain. This article reads the ten-part serial and its source texts as critical responses to anti-immigration legislation and Powellite extremism which offer positive, if necessarily uncomplicated and distinctly qualified, metaphors for England's progress towards a multicultural society. It then considers Dickson's novels and their adaptation as anti-sexist narratives before concluding with an assessment of the serial's scepticism towards any radical green agenda. Throughout, both the novels and the serial are contextualised more broadly in terms of contemporary trends in British children's literature and within changes to BBC children's television production.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Media
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 11:40
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/4027

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