An Introduction to Television Studies

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Routledge, 2012 - Performing Arts - 344 pages
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In this comprehensive textbook, now updated for its third edition, Jonathan Bignell provides students with a framework for understanding the key concepts and main approaches to Television Studies, including audience research, television history and broadcasting policy, and the analytical study of individual programmes.

Features include:

  • a glossary of key terms
  • key terms defined in margins
  • suggestions for further reading
  • activities/assignments for use in class

New and updated case studies feature:

  • ‘Every Home Needs a Harvey’ ad
  • approaches to news reporting
  • television scheduling
  • CSI Crime Scene Investigation
  • animated cartoon series

Individual chapters address: studying television, television histories, television cultures, television texts and narratives, television genres and formats, television production, television and quality, television realities, television you can’t see, television audiences, beyond television.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Studying Television
11
2 Television Histories
39
3 Television Cultures
67
4 Television Texts and Narratives
93
5 Television Genres and Formats
123
6 Television Production
147
7 Television and Quality
175
8 Television Realities
203
9 Television You Cant See
231
10 Television Audiences
255
11 Beyond Television
281
Glossary of key terms
301
Select bibliography
315
Index
333
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About the author (2012)

Jonathan Bignell is Professor of Television and Film at the University of Reading. He is the author of Beckett on Screen: The Television Plays, Media Semiotics: An Introduction, Big Brother: Reality TV in the Twenty-first Century and Postmodern Media Culture, and co-author of The Television Handbook, 2nd edition. He is the editor of Writing and Cinema, and joint editor of Popular Television Drama and British Television Drama: Past, Present and Future.

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