JP Kelly

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JP Kelly
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Lecturer in Film and TV
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Royal Holloway, University of London
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JP Kelly is a lecturer in film and television at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has a PhD from the University of Nottingham. His research interests include Contemporary US TV, narrative time, distribution, nostalgia, seriality, the history of digital media, and “big data”. At the moment I’m particularly interested in the relationship between television and nostalgia. Television is often derided for its reliance on repetition (for more on this, see Derek Kompare’s excellent book, Re-run Nation), yet for many people it is precisely this sense of familiarity that is most appealing. Alongside these debates, television itself has transformed significantly in recent years with the introduction of an array of new distribution avenues and an expanding presence within social media. As such, I’m interested in the way(s) that new technological developments are reconfiguring the relationship between television, memory and nostalgia. As a number of media scholars have recently pointed out (see Amy Holdsworth’s Television, Memory and Nostalgia), these new developments represent a paradox - critics believe that these new technologies are to blame for a postmodern “crisis of history” in which we have developed a collective cultural amnesia, yet at the same time they offer us an easy and accessible way of storing, retrieving and re-viewing the past like never before.

As part of this project I am particularly interested in collaborating with media archives or archivists. Are your methods or policies of archiving television changing in response to new technological developments? If so, how? What extra-textual or paratextual materials are you including and why?

Keywords: John-Paul Kelly Royal Holloway; Nottingham; US Television; Seriality; Narrative Time; New Media; Distribution; TVIII.

Website Profiles:


Review of ‘Framed Time: Toward a Postfilmic Cinema’ by Garrett Stewart. Available at:

Review of ‘Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero’ by Shawn Shimpach. Available at:

Beyond the Broadcast Text: New Economies and Temporalities of Online TV”, in Ephemeral Media: Transitory Screen Culture from Television to YouTube, Paul Grainge [ed], BFI (2011)

A Stretch of Time: Extended Distribution and Narrative Accumulation in ‘Prison Break’”, in Television and Temporality: Exploring Narrative Time in Twenty-First Century Programming, Melissa Ames [ed], Mississippi University Press (Forthcoming)


Television Histories:


Twitter @jippykelly



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