The appeal of ‘authenticity’: Danish television series and their UK audiences

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    This chapter critically reflects on the transnational reception of Danish Television series through findings from explorative audience research in the UK. The multi-modal concept of authenticity, which strongly emerged from the analysis of the interview transcripts, is used to explore and to argue for how emotional realism (or the phenomenological process of identification) and external realism were major contributory factors in viewers’ enjoyment of Danish series in the 2010s. Aiming to advance our understanding of viewers’ perception and appreciation of realism/authenticity, Esser conceptualises the terms in relation to globalization, the (mediated) tourist gaze, and the cognitive and affective processes that determine viewers’ screen experience. She draws on cognitive and affective psychology, neuroscience and screen theory, as well as theories from anthropology, sociology, and television and tourism studies, concerned with globalization, place and authenticity. Authenticity, Esser argues, is intricately linked with a range of diverse aspects that all contribute to the transnational appeal of Danish TV drama.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Global Audiences of Danish Television Drama
    EditorsPia Majbritt Jensen, Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen
    Place of PublicationGothenburg
    ISBN (Print)978-91-88855-21-3
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2020


    • transnational audience research
    • Danish TV drama series
    • UK audiences
    • emotional realism
    • authenticity
    • cognitive screen theory
    • place
    • globalisation
    • affect

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