||Laura Basu (MA)
project: Trans-mediation: the case of 'Ned Kelly'
Supervisors: Prof. Ann Rigney, dr. Kiene Brillenburg
Laura Basu graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA
in American Studies (Literature). She obtained an MA in Film
Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Her thesis was How
does “teen tv” construct teenagers as objects of knowledge?
Trans-mediation: the case of 'Ned Kelly'
This particular project focuses on the ‘trans-mediation’ of a
site of memory – looking at what happens to a memory site as it
is repeated in different media over time. It seems that when a
story is told and retold using the various media technologies
that are available to us, it transforms or morphs over a span of
several generations, potentially yielding important insights
into the workings of cultural memory in our highly mediatised
The case study is that of ‘Ned Kelly’, the Australian outlaw
executed in 1880, whose Robin Hood style exploits led to a
dramatic showdown with the police, with Kelly dressed in
homemade armour. The figure of Ned Kelly has become a memory
site in Australian historical culture, its status as such being
linked to the enormous amount of media attention it has received
over more than 100 years. This body of material provides an
opportunity to investigate the re-shapings of a story at
different historical moments and in a modern context, and to
deepen our understanding of the relationship between cultural
memory and media.