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Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture, 2nd Edition

Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture, 2nd Edition

David Marc

ISBN: 978-1-577-18003-6

Oct 1997, Wiley-Blackwell

240 pages

Select type: Paperback

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$63.95

Description

Comic Visions, Second Edition is an update of the most influential critical history of American television comedy.
  • Most comprehensive social and critical history of American television comedy
  • Very engaging, lucid and entertaining writing style
  • Approaches social criticism without being too scholarly and pedantic
Praise for the First Edition.

Acknowledgments.

Foreword by Ken Tucker.

Preface to the Second Edition.

1. What's So Funny About America?.

2. Waking Up to Television.

3. The Making of a Sitcom, 1961.

4. Planet Earth to Sitcom, Planet Earth to Sitcom.

5. The Sitcom at Literate Peak.

6. Demographic Fantasies of the Reagan Era.

7. Friends of the Family.

Bibliography.

Index to Television Comedy Series.

General Index.

"A new edition of David Marc's Comic Visions is grounds for rejoicing. His historical survey of TV comedy remains unrivalled, and new material on the cable era will be more than welcome." Francis Couvares, Amherst College.

"David Marc's Comic Visions is the outstanding book of its type: social and cultural analysis of the most popular and important comedic forms of television." Chad Gordon, Rice University.

"Recommended for all academic and large public libraries; all levels." A. Hirsh, emeritus, Central Conneticut State University.

  • Most comprehensive social and critical history of American television comedy
  • Very engaging, lucid and entertaining writing style
  • Approaches social criticism without being too scholarly and pedantic