The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed (Google eBook)

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Mary M. Dalton, Laura R. Linder
SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Performing Arts - 353 pages
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Despite the popularity of the sitcom, one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming, The Sitcom Reader is the first book to offer critical essays devoted specifically to the form. The contributors address important topics in relation to sitcoms, such as conventions of the form, the family, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, work and social class, and ideology, and they do so from a variety of perspectives, including cultural studies, feminist theory, queer theory, and media studies.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
In Search of the Radio Sitcom David Marc
15
Transgressive Comedy on Television Michael V Tueth
25
3 American Situation Comedies and the Modern Comedy of Manners David Pierson
35
Sitcom Family Dynamics from the Cleavers to the Osbournes Judy Kutulas
49
The Reassuring Nonevolution of the Sitcom Family Laura R Linder
61
The Andy Griffith Show and the SmallTown Family Ideal John OLeary and Rick Worland
73
Television and Gender in Postwar Domestic Ideology Lori Landay
87
Coming Out and Disappearing Valerie V Peterson
165
Heteronormative Narrative Strategies in NBCs Will Grace Denis M Provencher
177
Identity Politics as Commodity in South Park Karen Anijar Hsuehhua Vivian Chen and Thomas E Walker
191
The Doris Day Show as Cultural Dialogue Phyllis Scrocco Zrzavy
205
Reconstructing Gender in the 1970s Workplace Comedies Judy Kutulas
217
Views of Media Ownership in Situation Comedies Paul R Kohl
227
Gender and Genre in Millennial Television Christine Scodari
241
Searching for the Ideal Public Sphere in the Ideal Public House Robert S Brown
253

Situating Gender in Teacher Sitcoms Mary M Dalton
99
Comparison Shopping through Female Conversation in HBOs Sex and the City Sharon Marie Ross
111
10The Hidden Truths in Black Sitcoms Robin R Means Coleman and Charlton D McIlwain
125
Institutional Causes of Disparity among Black and White Comedy Images and Audiences Amanda Dyanne Lotz
139
Production Practices and the Making of Representation in Julia Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz
151
The Simpsons and the Possibility of Postmodern Comedy H Peter Steeves
261
Bibliography
273
List of Contributors
293
Index
297
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Mary M. Dalton is Assistant Professor of Communication at Wake Forest University and the author of The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies.

Laura R. Linder is Associate Professor of Media Arts at Marist College and the author of Public Access Television: America’s Electronic Soapbox.

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