Genre and Television From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture

ISBN-10: 0415969034
ISBN-13: 9780415969031
Edition: 2004
Authors: Jason Mittell
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/18/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Genre and Television proposes a new understanding of television genres as cultural categories, offering a set of in-depth historical and critical examinations to explore five key aspects of television genre: history, industry, audience, text, and genre mixing. Drawing on well-known television programs from dragnet to The Simpsons, this book provides a new model of genre historiography and illustrates how genres are at work within nearly every facet of television-from policy decisions to production techniques to audience practices. Ultimately, the book argues that through analyzing how television genre operates as a cultural practice, we can better comprehend how television actively shapes our social world.

Jason Mittell is a Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College. He is the author of Genre & Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture , Television & American Culture , and co-editor of How to Watch Television (NYU Press, 2013).

Introduction: Genres that Matter
Television Genres as Cultural Categories
Before the Scandals--Genre Historiography and the Cultural History of the Quiz Show
From Saturday Morning to Around the Clock--The Industrial Practices of Television Cartoons
Audiences Talk Genres--Talk Shows and the Intersections of Taste and Identity
Policing Genres-Dragnet's Texts and Generic Contexts
Making Fun of Genres-The Politics of Parody and Genre Mixing in Soap and The Simpsons
Conclusion: Some Reflections on Reality Television
Notes
Appendices
Index

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