"Television and Criticism" unites distinguished scholars from the fields of literary criticism, media studies, and film studies to challenge the traditional boundaries between high and low culture. Through a theoretical lens, this volume addresses such topics as the blurring of genres, television and identity, and the sophistication of television audiences by examining examples from soap operas, televised adaptations of classic novels, film noir, and popular shows like "Queer as Folk," "Seinfeld," and "Ally McBeal." Ranging from Shakespeare to "Dragnet," this comprehensive study will interest cultural studies scholars and media buffs alike."
Solange Davin is a freelance researcher specializing in audience studies. Rhona Jackson is programme leader for media studies, broadcast media, and media writing at the University of Derby, United Kingdom."""
Introduction - Page 7 - Solange Davin and Rhona Jackson Chapter 1: 'Our Common Cultural Heritage: Classic Novels and English Television' - Page 15 - Len Platt Chapter 2: 'Aspects of the Soap Opera and Other Stories' - Page 25 - Dorothy Hobson Chapter 3: 'Shakespeare on the American Television and the Special Relationship between the UK & the USA' - Page 37 - Curtis Breight Chapter 4: 'Television as History: Hisotry as Television' - Page 49 - Anne Wales Chapter 5: 'The story you are about to see is true": Dragnet, Film Noir and Postwar Realism' - Page 61 - R. Barton Palmer Chapter 6: 'The Skilled Viewer' - Page 75 - Rhona Jackson Chapter 7: 'The Culture of Post-Narcissism: Post-Teenage, Pre-Midlife Singles Culture in Seinfeld, Ally McBeal and Friends' - Page 89 - Michael Skovmand Chapter 8: 'Television's Vanishing Terms? Traditional Aesthetics and Television Drama in the Age of Reality TV' - Page 101 - Felix Thompson Chapter 9: 'I've been searching my soul tonight': the Ally McBeal Effect' - Page 115 - Jill Barker