Overview

Aimed at beginning undergraduate students, The Language of Television, 2nd Edition provides an extensive history of British television, which has left an indelible mark on television in the United States. Exploring a range of genres from soap operas to "reality TV," the book analyzes TV scheduling and listings and extracts from scripts of popular TV programs, including Queer as Folk.
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The Language of Television

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Overview

Aimed at beginning undergraduate students, The Language of Television, 2nd Edition provides an extensive history of British television, which has left an indelible mark on television in the United States. Exploring a range of genres from soap operas to "reality TV," the book analyzes TV scheduling and listings and extracts from scripts of popular TV programs, including Queer as Folk.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203994382
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 2/21/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 670 KB

Meet the Author

Jill Marshall is Lecturer at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. Angela Werndly is Lecturer at the University of Sunderland.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Unit One: What is television?
The history of British television * Aspects of production, texts and audiences * The textual landscape of television *Television as a domestic medium * Television as storyteller
Unit Two: Signs and signification
Signification * Semiotic analysis * Visual signification * Connotation * Metaphor and metonymy * Meaning in television texts
Unit Three: Forms of television
Genres * Television genres * Repetition and originality in genres * Intertextuality, hybridity and new generic forms * New generic forms * Structures and conventions in television genres * Television as a generic medium * Dominant, negotiated and oppositional readings * Social readers
Unit Four: Live talk
Television and spoken language
The voices of television * Speaking on television * Conversation * Spoken language varieties on television
Unit Five: Represented talk
Defining represented talk * Represented talk and narrative purpose * Scripted conversation as real conversation * Cultural realism and genre realism * Production practices and realism * Women's represented talk * Gossip * Soap operas and gossip
Unit Six: Discourse and television texts
Defining discourse * Discourse as ways of speaking * Unity, exclusion and production * Dominant discourses * Media discourses about AIDS * Subject-positions * Discourses of gender and sexuality on TV: some examples
Glossary
Bibliography
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