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Television and Criticism

Television and Criticism unites distinguished scholars from the fields of literary criticism, media studies, and film studies to challenge the traditional boundaries between high and low culture. Through a theoretical lens, this volume addresses such topics as the blurring of genres, television and identity, and the sophistication of television audiences by examining examples from soap operas, televised adaptations of classic novels, film noir, and popular shows like Queer as Folk, Seinfeld, and Ally McBeal. Ranging from Shakespeare to Dragnet, this comprehensive study will interest cultural studies scholars and media buffs alike.

128 pages | 7 x 9

Media Studies

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"A stimulating collection of well-researched critical essays which are likely to be of interest both to those who study and teach television and to the intelligent viewer."

Liz Roberts | Media Education Journal

Table of Contents

Solange Davin and Rhonda Jackson
Our Common Cultural Heritage: Classic Novels and English Television
Len Platt
Aspects of the Soap Opera and Other Stories
Dorothy Hobson
Shakespeare on American Television and the Special Relationship Between the UK & the USA
Curtis Breight
Television as History: History as Television
Anne Wales
’The story you are about to see is true’: Dragnet, Film Noir, and Postwar Realism
R. Barton Palmer
The Skilled Viewer
Rhonda Jackson
The Culture of Post-Narcissism: Post-Teenage, Pre-Midlife Singles Culture in Seinfeld, Ally McBeal, and Friends
Michael Skovmand
Television’s Vanashing Terms? Traditional Aesthetics and Television Drama in the Age of Reality TV
Felix Thompson
’I’ve been searching my soul tonight’: The Ally McBeal Effect
Jill Barker

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