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On Screen Rivals

Cinema and Television in the United States and Britain

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On Screen Rivals explores the relationship between the film and television industries in Britain and America, charting the changes in the relationship between them and their relative status in the cultural field. Building on...

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On Screen Rivals explores the relationship between the film and television industries in Britain and America, charting the changes in the relationship between them and their relative status in the cultural field. Building on historical scholarship, the text offers a new paradigm for theorising the media, analysing the way in which media are structured within the milieu of 'cultural technologies'. A wide range of films about television are discussed including such classics as Network and Videodrome.

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Looks at two core media industries from an original perspective, drawing on fundamental cultural debates
Provides a model of how historical approaches to the media can be synthesised with textual analysis
Clarity and incisiveness of writing

Introduction
PART 1: A CULTURAL BIOGRAPHY OF TELEVISION IN BRITAIN AND THE USA
Introduction
The Age of Experiment, 1880-1945
The Mature Medium, 1945-Present Day
PART 2: THE TECHNOGENESIS OF TELEVISION: CINEMA'S ON SCREEN REPRESENTATION OF ITS RIVAL
Introduction
Having a Ball in your Hall: Television in the Musical
All the Company you Want: Hollywood and the Feminizing of Television
Jobs for the Boys: British Cinema, the BBC and Commercial Television
Pop and the Box: Youth, Television, Music and Movies in the 1950s and 1960s
As Mad as Hell: The Reel World of Television News
A Fearful Regard: Television in Horror and Science Fiction Films
Seeing the Funny Side: Television as a Figure of Fun in Popular Comedy Films
So, What's the Idea of Television?
Appendix: Annotated Filmography.

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JANE STOKES is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies, School of Social Sciences, Univeristy of East London.

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JANE STOKES is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies, School of Social Sciences, Univeristy of East London.

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