Vija Vilcins

Framing the garden through a nostalgic lens: representations of class and gender in English film during the period 1980 to 1990

Central Saint Martins

The focus of my research is the role of the garden in British films.

In particular, I consider the ways in which cinematic images of the garden evoke a nostalgic past and explore how the depiction of gardens on screen have served to structure representations of identity.

In doing so, I focus on films made during the 1980s, which provoked accusations of heritage nostalgia. I will examine the way in which cinema organises and renders the space of the garden and the ways in which these representations articulate gendered and class identities.

Supervisors

Professor Caroline Dakers

Professor Caroline Evans