Writing for the Medium: Television in Transition

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Thomas Elsaesser, Jan Simons, Lucette Bronk
Amsterdam University Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 211 pages
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This collection of essays, by well known writers on the subject of writing for television, is divided into three sections, with the first one devoted to the debates on quality television. The second one focuses on literature and television. The final section examines 'Science on television', with series editors from Britain and Germany giving first-hand accounts of the scope for serious science reporting on television.

 

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Contents

General Introduction
7
is Introduction
15
Television in the Age of Consensus without Sense
21
Quality Television
35
Some Hopeful Reflections
41
On the Quality of Soap
49
Thomas Elsaesser
64
Questionable Quality or the Undiscoverable Quality of Television
77
10? On Achieving Good Television
107
1i8 Speaking to Nations
118
Television and Literature
131
Science on Television
159
Science on Television
182
Citizen Scientist or A Dinosaur for All Seasons?
191
Selected Bibliography
203
The Editors
210

Introduction
91
The Novelist and Television Drama
98

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Thomas Elsaesser is Professor of the Department of Film and Television Studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and General Editor of the series Film Culture in Transition.|Jan Simons teaches Theory and Aesthetics of Film at the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam.|Lucette Bronk is Chairperson of the Dutch Screenwriters' Network and the editor of Plot, a quarterly magazine about screenwriting.

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