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A Companion to Television

Janet Wasko (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9877-6
648 pages
December 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Television is a magisterial collection of 31 original essays that charter the field of television studies over the past century
  • Explores a diverse range of topics and theories that have led to television’s current incarnation, and predict its likely future
  • Covers technology and aesthetics, television’s relationship to the state, televisual commerce; texts, representation, genre, internationalism, and audience reception and effects
  • Essays are by an international group of first-rate scholars

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List of Figures.

Notes on Contributors.

Introduction (Janet Wasko).

Part I Theoretical Overviews.

1 The Development of Television Studies (Horace Newcomb).

2 Critical Perspectives on Television from the Frankfurt School to Postmodernism (Doug Kellner).

Part II Television/History.

3 Television and History (Paddy Scannell).

4 Our TV Heritage: Television, the Archive, and the Reasons for Preservation (Lynn Spigel).

Part III Television/Aesthetics and Production.

5 Television as a Moving Aesthetic: In Search of the Ultimate Aesthetic – The Self (Julianne H. Newton).

6 Locating the Televisual in Golden Age Television (Caren Deming).

7 Television Production: Who Makes American TV (Jane M. Shattuc)?

Part IV Television/The State and Policy.

8 Who Rules TV? States, Markets, and the Public Interest (Sylvia Harvey).

9 Public Broadcasting and Democratic Culture: Consumers, Citizens, and Communards (Graham Murdock).

10 Culture, Services, Knowledge: Television between Policy Regimes (Stuart Cunningham).

Part V Television/Commerce.

11 Television Advertising as Textual and Economic Systems (Matthew P. McAllister).

12 Watching Television: A Political Economic Approach (Eileen R. Meehan).

13 Keeping "Abreast" of MTV and Viacom: The Growing Power of a Media Conglomerate (Jack Banks).

14 The Trade in Television News (Andrew Calabrese).

15 Configurations of the New Television Landscape (Albert Moran).

16 The Study of Soap Opera (Christine Geraghty).

17 The Shifting Terrain of American Talk Shows (Jane M. Shattuc).

18 Television and Sports (Michael R. Real).

19 "Where the Past Comes Alive": Television, History, and Collective Memory (Gary R. Edgerton).

20 "How Will You Make it on Your Own?": Television and Feminism Since 1970 (Bonnie J. Dow).

21 Television and Race (Sasha Torres).

Part VII Television/The Public and Audiences.

22 Television, Public Spheres, and Civic Cultures (Peter Dahlgren).

23 Television and Public Opinion (Justin Lewis).

24 Reality TV: Performance, Authenticity, and Television Audiences (Annette Hill).

25 A Special Audience? Children and Television (David Buckingham).

Part VIII Television/Alternative Challenges.

26 Local Community Channels: Alternatives to Corporate Media Dominance (DeeDee Halleck).

Part IX International Television/Case Studies.

27 Latin American Commercial Television: "Primitive Capitalism" (John Sinclair).

28 Television in China: History, Political Economy, and Ideology (Yuezhi Zhao and Zhenzhi Guo).

29 Japanese Television: Early Development and Research (Shunya Yoshimi).

30 Change and Transformation in South African Television (Ruth Teer-Tomaselli).

31 Television in the Arab East (Nabil H. Dajani).

Index.

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Janet Wasko is Professor in the School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Oregon. Her many books include Hollywood in the Information Age: Beyond the Silver Screen (1994), Consuming Audiences? Production and Reception in Media Research (1999), Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy (2001), and How Hollywood Works (2003).
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  • Contains 31 original essays covering the development of television studies over the last century
  • Explores a diverse range of topics and theories that have led to television’s current incarnation, and predict its likely future
  • Covers technology and aesthetics, television’s relationship to the state, televisual commerce; texts, representation, genre, internationalism, and audience reception and effects
  • Essays are by an international group of first-rate scholars
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“Janet Wasko, one of our most distinguished media analysts, has assembled a veritable ‘dream team’ of authors to write about television. Drawing on multiple disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, this impressive new volume will shift our thinking profoundly about an object that continues to fascinate and frustrate both those who will its demise, and those who welcome its triumphs.”
Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside

“We need more accounts of television that really push at the interconnections of economy, institution and culture. This ambitious collection, often comparative and historical, hits the spot admirably.”
John Corner, University of Liverpool

“The volume comprehensively maps the terrain of television studies with an impressive line-up of authors. Each provides a state-of-the-art overview of a key topic, resulting in a stimulating diversity of historical, international, and multidisciplinary perspectives.”
Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics

"Janet Wasko’s book provides a wealth of information, interesting analyses, and fruitful theoretical discussions."
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

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