Teen TV is the first anthology dedicated to a broad range of television programs produced for and watched by teenagers. With extensive coverage of shows such as "Dawson's Creek, Roswell, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "and Australia's "Heartbreak High, "the book examines how these dramas construct and reaffirm distinct visions of youth. Addressing a number of provocative questions, the contributors ask: Is teen television a genre in its own right? What other narrative forms do these programs draw upon and why? How does teen TV interact with other entertainment industries, such as those of music and cinema? What position does teen TV hold within wider practices of consumption and identity inscription? The book offers a fascinating survey of the different forms teen TV takes and the many ways in which it is produced and consumed.
CHAPTER BY CHAPTER BREAKDOWN INTRODUCTION GENRE 1. A Boy for All Planets: Roswell, Smallville and the Teen Male Melodrama Miranda J. Banks 2. Teen Futures: Discourses of Alienation, the Social and Technology in Australian Science Fiction Television Series Leonie Rutherford 3. Chosen Ones: Reading the Contemporary Teen Heroine Jenny Bavidge 4. Dawson's Creek: 'Quality Teen TV' and 'Mainstream Cult' Matt Hills CONSUMPTION 5. 'So, Who's Got Time For Adults!': Femininity, Consumption and the Development of Teen TV from Gidget to Buffy Bill Osgerby 6. Selling Teen Culture: How American Multi-Media Conglomeration Reshaped Teen Television in the 1990s Valerie Wee 7. 'My Generation'? Popular Music, Age and Influence in Teen Drama of the 1990s Kay Dickinson 8. Total Request Live and the Creation of Virtual Community Richard K. Olsen IDENTITY 9. 'Saying It Out Loud': Revealing Television's Queer Teens Glyn Davis 10. Dormant Dormitory Friendshops: Race and Gender in Felicity Sharon Ross 11. 'We Don't Need No Education': Adolescents and the School in Contemporary Australian Teen TV Kate Douglas and Kelly McWilliam 12. Roswell High, Alien Chic and the In/Human Neil Badmington 13. 'Feels Like Home': Dawson's Creek, Nostalgia and the Young Adult Viewer Clare Birchall