Friday, 30 May 2008

From Shakespeare to Seinfeld – new book reflects on the past 40 years of TV culture

Solange Davin and Rhona Jackson's new edited volume, Television and Criticism unites a distinguished body of scholars to challenge the traditional boundaries between high and low TV 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 all those with an interest in the history of TV culture.

* 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 (Ann Wales)
* ‘The story you are about to see is true’: Dragnet, Film Noir and Postwar Realism (R. Barton Palmer)
* The Skilled Viewer (Rhona Jackson)
* The Culture of Post-Narcissism: Post-Teenage, Pre-Midlife Singles Culture in Seinfeld, Ally McBeal and Friends (Michael Skovmand)
* Television’s Vanishing 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)

Title Info: Television and Criticism
Editors: Solange Davin and Rhona Jackson
ISBN: 9781841501475
Paperback: 230x174mm
Price: £19.95 / $40

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