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Performing Arts : Television - History & Criticism


Invasion Of The Mind Snatchers: Television's Conquest Of America In The Fifties - Eric Burns

When the first television was demonstrated in 1927, a headline in The New York Times read, “Like a Photo Come to Life.” It was a momentous occasion. But the power of television wasn’t fully harnessed until the 1950s, when the med......

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Genre And Television: From Cop Shows To Cartoons In American Culture - Jason Mittell

Genre and Television proposes a new understanding of television genres as cultural categories, offering a set of in-depth historical and critical examinations to explore five key aspects of television genre: history, industry, audience, text, and ......

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Right Here On Our Stage Tonight!: Ed Sullivan's America - Gerald Nachman

Before the advent of cable and its hundreds of channels, before iPods and the Internet, three television networks ruled America's evenings. And for twenty-three years, Ed Sullivan, the Broadway gossip columnist turned awkward emcee, ruled Sunday n......

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The Spectacle Of The Real: From Hollywood To 'reality' Tv And Beyond - Geoff King

Hollywood special effects offer spectacular creations or re-creations that make claims to our attention on the grounds of their 'incredible-seeming reality'. They can appear both 'incredible' and 'real', their appeal based on their ability to 'con......

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Television And Criticism

Television and Criticism unites distinguished scholars from the fields of literary criticism, media studies, and film studies to challenge the traditional boundaries between high and low culture. Through a theoretical lens, this volume addresses s......

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The A To Z Of African-american Television - Kathleen Fearn-banks

From Amos 'n' Andy to The Jeffersons to Family Matters, this work covers it all. There are entries on all different genres and performers. Additionally, information can be found on general issues, ranging from African American audiences and stereo......

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The Days Of Our Lives: The True Story Of One Family's Dream And The Untold History Of Days Of Our Lives - Ken Corday

On a November day forty-five years ago, the first episode of Days of our Lives appeared on the NBC Network. What few know though is that the show started as the dream of one family, the Corday family, who still owns and runs the show to this day. ......

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Legitimating Television: Media Convergence And Cultural Status - , Elana Levine

Legitimating Television explores the increasingly prevalent idea that TV has gotten better. This notion, circulating in the popular press, the TV industry, and media scholarship, typically references shows like The Sopranos and new technologies li......

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Only Fools And Horses: The Story Of Britain's Favourite Comedy - Graham Mccann

In the thirty years since viewers first visited Nelson Mandela House, Only Fools and Horses has won countless awards and is still Britain's most-watched and best-loved sitcom. Del Boy's overwhelming popularity has even inspired the Oxford English ......

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Television Westerns: Six Decades Of Sagebrush Sheriffs, Scalawags, And Sidewinders - Alvin H. Marill

This volume looks at the Western as it was represented from the beginning of television, encompassing all manifestations of the Western, including such series as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Wild, Wild West, as well as movies-of the-week, mini-serie......

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The Prime-time Presidency: The West Wing And U.s. Nationalism - , Shawn J. Parry-giles

Contrasting strong women and multiculturalism with portrayals of a heroic white male leading the nation into battle, The Prime-Time Presidency explores the NBC drama The West Wing, paying particular attention to its role in promoting cultural mean......

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Justice Provocateur: Jane Tennison And Policing In Prime Suspect - , Nancy C. Jurik

Justice Provocateur focuses on Prime Suspect, a popular British television film series starring Oscar and Emmy award-winning actress Helen Mirren as fictional London policewoman Jane Tennison. Gray Cavender and Nancy C. Jurik examine the media con......

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