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Beyond Representational Correctness: Rethinking Criticism of Popular Media

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Overview

Argues that representational correctness can cause critics to miss the positive work that films and television shows can perform in reducing prejudice.
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Whether or not you agree with Edward Schiappa's central argument that media studies should move toward multimethodological approaches that incorporate social science measures into audience analysis to broaden its scope, it is difficult to deny that conventional textual analysis has sometimes been limited by problems related to representational correctness. Schiappa raises important questions for critical media studies and offers provocative answers.— Mary M. Dalton, coeditor of The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791474242
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Schiappa is Professor of Communication Studies and Paul W. Frenzel Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. He is the editor of Warranting Assent: Case Studies in Argument Evaluation, also published by SUNY Press, and the author of Defining Reality: Definitions and the Politics of Meaning.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

PART I. Provocations

1. The Impossible Dream of Representational Correctness

2. The Argumentative Burdens of Audience Conjectures

3. The Phenomenal Text of Will & Grace: Revisiting the Text/Audience Divide

PART II. Interventions

4. Learning from Television: The Parasocial Contact Hypothesis

5. Context Matters: Antifeminism in Michael Crichton’s Disclosure

6. Quitting “Man”: Masculinity, Film Criticism, and Pedagogy

PART III. Conclusions

7. Beyond Representational Correctness: Five Suggestions

Notes
References
Index

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