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Edwardians on Screen

From Downton Abbey to Parade’s End


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Katherine Byrne
    Pages 15-36
  3. Katherine Byrne
    Pages 112-136
  4. Katherine Byrne
    Pages 137-153
  5. Katherine Byrne
    Pages 154-158
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 159-173

About this book


This book explores television's current fascination with the Edwardian era. By exploring popular period dramas such as Downton Abbey , it examines how the early twentieth century is represented on our screens, and what these shows tell us about class, gender and politics, both past and present.


Neo- Edwardian post- heritage Downton Abbey First world war contemporary television BBC period drama 20th century drama gender knowledge memory politics present television twentieth century

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of UlsterUK

About the authors

Katherine Byrne is Lecturer in English at the University of Ulster, UK. She has published articles and book chapters on Victorian fiction and medicine, adaptation, and neo-Edwardian television. Her previous book, Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination, was published in 2011.

Bibliographic information


'This timely book contributes handsomely to debates about heritage television, commemoration cultures, and historical fiction more generally. It traces contemporary obsession with the Edwardians in judicious, thoughtful, and innovative ways.' - Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester, UK