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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Television Genre Book

Edition 3rd Edition
ISBN 9781844575268
Publication Date August 2015
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher British Film Institute

Genre is central to understanding the industrial context and visual form of television. This new edition of the key textbook on television genre brings together leading international scholars to provide an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the debates, issues and concerns of the field. Structured in eleven sections, The Television Genre Book introduces the concept of 'genre' itself and how it has been understood in television studies, and then addresses the main televisual genres in turn: drama, soap opera, comedy, news, documentary, reality television, children's television, animation and popular entertainment.

This third edition is illustrated throughout with case studies of classic and contemporary programming from each genre, ranging from The Simpsons to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and from Monty Python's Flying Circus to Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. It also features new case studies on contemporary shows, including The Only Way Is Essex, Homeland, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Planet Earth, Grey's Anatomy and QVC, and new chapters covering topics such as constructed reality, travelogues, telefantasy, stand-up comedy, the panel show, 24-hour news, Netflix and video on demand.

Glen Creeber is Senior Lecturer in Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. He is the editor of Tele-Visions: An Introduction to Studying Television (2006) and co-editor of Digital Cultures: Understanding New Media (2009), among other titles.

Preface (1st, 2nd, 3rd Editions)
Notes on Contributors
PART I: INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS GENRE?
1. Genre Theory; Glen Creeber
2. Studying Genre; Steve Neale
3. Genre and Television; Steve Neale (Gene Development: Henri Focillon's Four Stages Of Evolution; Terry Bailey)
4. The Uses And Limitations Of Genre; Graeme Turner
5. Genre, Hybridity And Mutations; Graeme Turner (Life On Mars: Genre Hybridity With A Twist; Robin Nelson)
6. Genre And Format; Glen Creeber
7. Genre Study: Beyond The Text (Lost); Jason Mittell
PART II: DRAMA
8. Studying Television Drama; Robin Nelson
9. The Crime Series; Mareike Jenna (The Sopranos; Glen Creeber)
10. The Detective Series (Dexter); Mareike Jenner (Sherlock; Mareike Jenner and Lisa Richards)
11. The Police Procedural; Lez Cooke (CSI; Glen Creeber), (The Wire; Mareike Jenner)
12. The Action Series; Toby Miller (24; Glen Creeber) (Homeland; Lisa Richards)
13. The Western; William Boddy (Deadwood; Glen Creeber)
14. Teen Drama (Glee) (Skins); Rachel Moseley
15. Hospital Drama; Jason Jacobs (Grey's Anatomy; Mareike Jenna) (House M.D.; Mareike Jenner)
16. Drama-Documentary (Cathy Come Home; The Day After; John Corner)
17. Costume Drama (Jane Austin Adaptations); Robin Nelson (Downton Abbey; Glen Creeber)
18. Telefantasy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Catherine Johnson (Game of Thrones; Helen Wheatley)
19. Science Fiction (Star Trek); Luke Hockley (The X-Files; Catherine Johnson) (Doctor Who; Matt Hills)
20. Postmodern Drama (Twin Peaks); Adrian Page (Ally McBeal; Robin Nelson) (Heroes; Glen Creeber)
PART III: SOAP OPERA
21. Studying Soap Opera; Anna McCarthy (Dallas; Glen Creeber)
22. Realism and Soap Opera (Soul City); Anna McCarthy (EastEnders; Glen Creeber)
23. Soap Operas and their Audiences (A Country Practice); John Tulloch
24. The Telenovela (Brazillian Telenovelas); Thomas Tufte
PART IV: COMEDY
25. Studying Comedy (Humour Theory); Brett Mills (Comedy and 'Child Directed Speech'; Ian Wilkie)
26. The Sketch Show (Monty Python's Flying Circus); Steve Neale
27. Stand-Up Comedy; Ian Wilkie
28. Situation Comedy, Part 1; John Hartley (The Unruly Woman Sitcom; Jane Feuer)
29. Situation Comedy, Part 2; Jane Feuer (Sex and the City; Glen Creeber)
30. The 'Gay' and 'Queer' Sitcom (Will and Grace); Jane Feuer
31. Contemporary Sitcom: 'Comedy Vérité' (The Office) (BrassEye); Brett Mills
32. The Panel Show (QI); Brett Mills
PART V: CHILDREN'S TELEVISION
33. Children's Television as Genre; Jason Mittell, (Horrible Histories; Lisa Richards), (Sesame Street; Glen Creeber)
34. Moral Panics (Teletubbies); Paul Wells
35. Children and Advertising; Merris Griffiths
PART VI: NEWS
36. Studying Television News (The Propaganda News Model: Herman and Chomsky); Justin Lewis (The Glasgow Media Group; Jackie Harrison)
37. Analysing Television News; Justin Lewis (How to Analyse a TV News Programme; John Hartley)
38. Constructing News Values (Gatekeeper Studies); Jackie Harrison
39. Objectivity and Television News (The BBC and Impartiality); Jackie Harrison (The Aesthetics of 24 Hour News; Glen Creeber)
40. The Globalisation of Television News (CNN Cable News Network); John Hartley
41. Citizen Journalism (Al-Jazeera); Jackie Harrison
PART VII: DOCUMENTARY
42. Studying Documentary; John Corner (Big Fat Gypsy Weddings; Glen Creeber)
43. Form and Content in Documentary Study; John Corner
44. Documentary and Realism; John Corner
45. Observational Documentary: Fly-on-the-Wall (New Reflexive Documentary: 'The Broomfield Film'); Stella Bruzzi
46. Educational Programming (Discovery Channel and Walking With Dinosaurs); K.J. Donnelly
47. Natural History Programming (Planet Earth); Brett Mills
48. The Travelogue; Glen Creeber
PART VIII: REALITY TELEVISION
49. Intro.

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