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Television and American Culture

Jason Mittell

March 2009

ISBN: 9780195306675

320 pages
Paperback
235x156mm

Price: £89.99

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About the Author(s)

Jason Mittell, Associate Professor of American Studies and Film & Media Culture, Middlebury College

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Why Television?
    SECTION 1: TELEVISION INSTITUTIONS
    1. Exchanging Programming
    2. Exchanging Audiences
    3. Serving the Public Interest
    4. Televised Citizenship
    SECTION 2: TELEVISION MEANINGS
    5. Making Meanings
    6. Telling Television Stories
    7. Screening America
    8. Representing Identity
    SECTION 3: TELEVISION PRACTICES
    9. Viewing Television
    10. Television for Children
    11. Television's Transforming Technologies
    Conclusion: American Television in a Global Context

Reviews

A terrific introduction to the study of television, this textbook masterfully integrates a look at American television's industrial practices, its genres and narrative strategies, and its cultural roles. Professors will find this textbook comprehensive and well-organized, while students will find it engaging and provocative. - Ethan Thompson, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Mittell brings much needed energy to television studies - a well-rounded treatment of television as culture, industry, form, production, and technology.