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Television Drama

Theories and Identities

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02 March 2005

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At a time when distinctions between television and film have blurred, and multiple TV channels offer us the chance to re-view TV dramas, there is still little attention paid to television drama as text or to ways of...

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At a time when distinctions between television and film have blurred, and multiple TV channels offer us the chance to re-view TV dramas, there is still little attention paid to television drama as text or to ways of theorising such texts. This book offers both a clear account of theoretical approaches to television drama and readings of a range of television drama texts. Arguing that TV drama is a key site for exploring the usefulness of contemporary theories of identity, culture and representation, it offers a framework which links this analysis to theoretical concepts explored elsewhere in cultural, media and film studies over recent years. Each chapter provides a critical account of a specific theoretical approach, outlining its history and scope, and demonstrating its application across a range of TV dramas, ending with a close reading of particular examples. Organised around the themes of identity and subjectivity, the book encompasses a wide range of approaches and texts, from sitcom, to docudrama, to sci fi and is an ideal resource for undergraduate students of Media Studies, Cultural studies, Communication Studies and Television and Film Studies.

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Key contribution to television studies
Wide range of texts used with international examples
Application of theoretical approaches
Use of contemporary material

Introduction: Approaches to Television Drama
Part 1: Representing Television Drama: Television Drama and its Critics
Part 2: Stories and Meanings
Narrative
Genre
Realism
Part 3: Power and Subjectivity
Ideology, Hegemony and Discourse
Uses of Psychoanalysis
Part 4: Gender and Sexuality
Feminist Approaches
Sexual Subjects
Part 5: The end of representation? Television Drama and Postmodernism.

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SUE THORNHAM is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. She has published widely in her field, with publications including Media Studies: A Reader 2e (Edinburgh University Press) and Feminism and Cultural Studies (Edward Arnold).

TONY PURVIS is Lecturer in the School of Arts, Design and Media at the University of Sunderland, UK.

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SUE THORNHAM is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. She has published widely in her field, with publications including Media Studies: A Reader 2e (Edinburgh University Press) and Feminism and Cultural Studies (Edward Arnold).

TONY PURVIS is Lecturer in the School of Arts, Design and Media at the University of Sunderland, UK.

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