|| TF23820 |
|| AMERICAN POPULAR TELEVISION |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Glen Creeber |
|| Semester 1 |
|| TF10420 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 1 X 3 HOUR LECTURE/VIEWING PER WEEK |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 10 Hours. |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| Essay||60%|
|Semester Exam|| ||40%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
PARTICIPATE IN THE CRITICAL DEBATES WHICH INFORM THE STUDY OF POPULAR TELEVISION
BE ABLE TO USE THE TELEVISUAL TEXT AS SUPPORT FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION WITHIN THOSE DEBATES
This module examines American popular television as a dominant force within the discourse of contemporary television studies. Through examining some of the various theoretical debates within television studies, using American popular television shows as illustrative texts, this module focuses on developing students' abilities in textual analysis of the television text and their understanding of the relevant critical theory debates.
Lecture topics and illustrative shows (subject to change):
Swminar topics (subject to change): Realism & Authenticity (ER), Escapism & 'Emotional Realism' (Desperate Housewives), Postmodernism & Contemporary Aesthetics (Moonlighting), Televisuality (MTV), 'Sensation Television (CSI), Telefantasy & American Politics, Gender & Representation (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), HBO & 'Quality Drama' (Deadwood).
** General Text
Allen, Robert (1992 (various p) Channels of discourse, reassembled :television and contemporary criticism /edited by Robert C. Allen.
Caldwell, John Thornton (c1995.) Televisuality :style, crisis, and authority in American television /John Thornton Caldwell.
Rutgers University Press 0813521637
Creeber, Glen (2004.) Fifty key television programmes /edited by Glen Creeber.
Distributed by Oxford University Press 0340809434
Feuer, Jane. (1996.) Seeing through the eighties :television and Reaganism.
British Film Institute 0851705987
Gitlin, Todd. (2000.) Inside prime time /Todd Gitlin.
University of California Press 0520217853
This module is at CQFW Level 5