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The Television Genre Book


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Preface (1st, 2nd, 3rd Editions).- Notes on Contributors.- PART I: INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS GENRE?.- 1. Genre Theory; Glen Creeber.- 2. Studying Genre; Steve Neale.- 3. Genre and Television; Steve Neale (Gene Development: Henri Focillon's Four Stages Of Evolution; Terry Bailey).- 4. The Uses And Limitations Of Genre; Graeme Turner.- 5. Genre, Hybridity And Mutations; Graeme Turner (Life On Mars: Genre Hybridity With A Twist; Robin Nelson).- 6. Genre And Format; Glen Creeber.- 7. Genre Study: Beyond The Text (Lost); Jason Mittell.- PART II: DRAMA.- 8. Studying Television Drama; Robin Nelson.- 9. The Crime Series; Mareike Jenna (The Sopranos; Glen Creeber).- 10. The Detective Series (Dexter); Mareike Jenner (Sherlock; Mareike Jenner and Lisa Richards).- 11. The Police Procedural; Lez Cooke (CSI; Glen Creeber), (The Wire; Mareike Jenner).- 12. The Action Series; Toby Miller (24; Glen Creeber) (Homeland; Lisa Richards).- 13. The Western; William Boddy (Deadwood; Glen Creeber).- 14. Teen Drama (Glee) (Skins); Rachel Moseley.- 15. Hospital Drama; Jason Jacobs (Grey's Anatomy; Mareike Jenna) (House M.D.; Mareike Jenner).- 16. Drama-Documentary (Cathy Come Home; The Day After; John Corner).- 17. Costume Drama (Jane Austin Adaptations); Robin Nelson (Downton Abbey; Glen Creeber).- 18. Telefantasy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Catherine Johnson (Game of Thrones; Helen Wheatley).- 19. Science Fiction (Star Trek); Luke Hockley (The X-Files; Catherine Johnson) (Doctor Who; Matt Hills).- 20. Postmodern Drama (Twin Peaks); Adrian Page (Ally McBeal; Robin Nelson) (Heroes; Glen Creeber).- PART III: SOAP OPERA.- 21. Studying Soap Opera; Anna McCarthy (Dallas; Glen Creeber).- 22. Realism and Soap Opera (Soul City); Anna McCarthy (EastEnders; Glen Creeber).- 23. Soap Operas and their Audiences (A Country Practice); John Tulloch.- 24. The Telenovela (Brazillian Telenovelas); Thomas Tufte.- PART IV: COMEDY.- 25. Studying Comedy (Humour Theory); Brett Mills (Comedy and 'Child Directed Speech'; Ian Wilkie).- 26. The Sketch Show (Monty Python's Flying Circus); Steve Neale.- 27. Stand-Up Comedy; Ian Wilkie.- 28. Situation Comedy, Part 1; John Hartley (The Unruly Woman Sitcom; Jane Feuer).- 29. Situation Comedy, Part 2; Jane Feuer (Sex and the City; Glen Creeber).- 30. The 'Gay' and 'Queer' Sitcom (Will and Grace); Jane Feuer.- 31. Contemporary Sitcom: 'Comedy Verite' (The Office) (BrassEye); Brett Mills.- 32. The Panel Show (QI); Brett Mills.- PART V: CHILDREN'S TELEVISION.- 33. Children's Television as Genre; Jason Mittell, (Horrible Histories; Lisa Richards), (Sesame Street; Glen Creeber).- 34. Moral Panics (Teletubbies); Paul Wells.- 35. Children and Advertising; Merris Griffiths.- PART VI: NEWS.- 36. Studying Television News (The Propaganda News Model: Herman and Chomsky); Justin Lewis (The Glasgow Media Group; Jackie Harrison).- 37. Analysing Television News; Justin Lewis (How to Analyse a TV News Programme; John Hartley).- 38. Constructing News Values (Gatekeeper Studies); Jackie Harrison.- 39. Objectivity and Television News (The BBC and Impartiality); Jackie Harrison (The Aesthetics of 24 Hour News; Glen Creeber).- 40. The Globalisation of Television News (CNN Cable News Network); John Hartley.- 41. Citizen Journalism (Al-Jazeera); Jackie Harrison.- PART VII: DOCUMENTARY.- 42. Studying Documentary; John Corner (Big Fat Gypsy Weddings; Glen Creeber).- 43. Form and Content in Documentary Study; John Corner.- 44. Documentary and Realism; John Corner.- 45. Observational Documentary: Fly-on-the-Wall (New Reflexive Documentary: 'The Broomfield Film'); Stella Bruzzi.- 46. Educational Programming (Discovery Channel and Walking With Dinosaurs); K.J. Donnelly.- 47. Natural History Programming (Planet Earth); Brett Mills.- 48. The Travelogue; Glen Creeber.- PART VIII: REALITY TELEVISION.- 49. Intro.

About the Author

Glen Creeber is Senior Lecturer in Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. He is the editor of Tele-Visions: An Introduction to Studying Television (2006) and co-editor of Digital Cultures: Understanding New Media (2009), among other titles.

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