Sensing the City Through Television

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Intellect Books, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 187 pages
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How do fictional representations of the city contribute to our sense of identity?  Does this feed back into how we see cities and their cultures?   This in-depth analysis with five case studies provides the basis for a critique on the political, sociological and cultural implications of this strand of popular programming.  The book features: Queer as Folk The Cops Holding On Homicide-Life on the Street Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City   Each programme is discussed in terms of structure, content, characterisation, and narrative, and each is placed within a specific ideological context.  The case studies represent a broad range of British and American cities and city sub-cultures, while the book draws on the author's exclusive interviews with Tony Garnett, Tony Marchant, and David Snodin.   The author further extends his analysis to investigate the intrinsic issues related to the implications of popular and high drama and culture.   As one of the first substantial investigations of the city in television drama, this book reflects and contributes to a growing general interest in the politics of representation.  This is suitable for accommodation into the popular academic courses on drama and film/media studies both as a textbook and for supplementary reading.

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About the author (2000)

Dr. Peter Billingham is Principal Lecturer in Drama at Bath Spa University College.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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