Reading CSI: Crime TV Under the Microscope

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Michael Allen
I.B.Tauris, Aug 15, 2007 - Performing Arts - 274 pages
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Attracting nearly 17 million viewers regularly, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is America's number one show. With two spin-off series, the CSI franchise has sparked an unprecedented global television success. Reading CSI brings together for the first time critical discussions of all three shows from a wide range of perspectives, with contributions from journalists, television critics and pathology experts. Including a series by series episode guide for each program, this in-depth, comprehensive study seeks to understand what the CSI phenomenon means to contemporary television culture.
 

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Reading CSI engaged in critical discussion of the popular television show from the perspective of academics, such as experts in pathology, journalists, and television critics. Primarily discussion centers around what the show has meant to the culture of television today, and the many different aspects of the show. This book is a must read for die hard fans of the CSI franchise but for those not interested or immersed in the show, it would probably not be an enjoyable read.
Reviewed by: JAMAL BOOZE
 

Contents

CSI and the Aesthetics of the Television
15
No Need to Pathologise
33
MultiPlatform
57
CSI at the
73
The Pornographic Aesthetic
90
Who Are They? Style Codes of the CSI Investigators
103
The Las Vegas of
122
Scripting Trauma 911
167
The Import of CSI to British
183
RTE and the CSI Franchise
198
The CSI Phenomenon
222
Film and TV Guide
251
Index
267
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Michael Allen is Lecturer in Film and Electronic Media, Birkbeck College, University of London.  His books include Family Secrets, a study of D.W. Griffith's feature films, and Contemporary U.S. Cinema

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