Watching Dallas again 3: Reassessing Ien Ang's Watching Dallas

Toon Heesakkers, Ward van Hoof, Anne Jager, Amanda Gilroy


This audience reception project performs an audience study of the first season of the new Dallas (2012–14). It draws on Ien Ang's Watching Dallas ([1982] 1985) to analyze the production of irony and nostalgia. We observe that the blend of ironic viewing and nostalgia results in a more ironic, reflective nostalgia, in contrast to a more serious restorative type of nostalgia.


Nostalgia; TV studies

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