Introduction: why study television?; Part One: Theoretical Background; 1, 'Desperately Seeking the Audience': Models of Audience Reception; 2, Personal Meanings, Fandom & Sitting Too Close to the Television; 3, Global Meanings and Trans-cultural Understandings of 'Dallas'; 4, Theorising Emotion and Affect: Feminist Engagements; 5, Theorising Emotion: Television & Film Theory; Part Two: Case Studies; 6, A Sentimental Journey: Writing, Emotion & Television; 7, 'There's No Place Like Home': Emotional Exposure, Excess and Empathy on TV; 8, Emotional Rescue: 'Sopranos', 'ER' and 'State of Play'; 9, Feminising Television: The Mother Role in 'Six Feet Under' and 'Brothers & Sisters'; 10, Journey and Jeopardy: A Small-Scale Case Study of Emotion in the UK/Irish Television Soap Industry
Dr Kristyn Gorton is a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York. She is the author of Critical Scenes of Desire in Twentieth-Century Fiction (2006) and Theorising Desire: From Freud to Feminism to Film (2007). She has published articles in the Journal of British Cinema and Television, Dalhousie French Studies, Studies in European Cinema and Diegesis.