Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed / Edition 1

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Offers a variety of perspectives on the sitcom genre and its influence on American culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791465707
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 933,644
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary M. Dalton is Assistant Professor of Communication at Wake Forest University and the author of The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies.

Laura R. Linder is Associate Professor of Media Arts at Marist College and the author of Public Access Television: America’s Electronic Soapbox.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


1 Origins of the Genre: In Search of the Radio Sitcom
David Marc

2 Breaking and Entering: Transgressive Comedy on Television
Michael V. Tueth

3 American Situation Comedies and the Modern Comedy of Manners
David Pierson


4 Who Rules the Roost?: Sitcom Family Dynamics from the Cleavers to the Osbournes
Judy Kutulas

5 From Ozzie to Ozzy: The Reassuring Nonevolution of the Sitcom Family
Laura R. Linder

6 Against the Organization Man: The Andy Griffith Show and the Small Town Family Ideal
John O’Leary and Rick Worland


7 I Love Lucy: Television and Gender in Postwar Domestic Ideology
Lori Landay

8 Our Miss Brooks: Situating Gender in Teacher Sitcoms
Mary M. Dalton

9 Talking Sex: Comparison Shopping through Female Conversation in HBO’s Sex and the City
Sharon Marie Ross


10 The Hidden Truths in Black Sitcoms
Robin R. Means Coleman and Charlton D. McIlwain

11 Segregated Sitcoms: Institutional Causes of Disparity among Black and White Comedy Images and Audiences
Amanda Dyanne Lotz

12 Negotiated Boundaries: Production Practices and the Making of Representation in Julia
Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz


13 Ellen: Coming Out and Disappearing
Valerie V. Peterson

14 Sealed with a Kiss: Heteronormative Narrative Strategies in NBC’s Will & Grace
Denis M. Provencher

15 Poofs—Cheesy and Other: Identity Politics as Commodity in South Park
Karen Anijar, Hsueh-hua Vivian Chen, and Thomas E. Walker


16 Women, Love, and Work: The Doris Day Show as Cultural Dialogue
Phyllis Scrocco Zrzavy

17 Liberated Women and New Sensitive Men: Reconstructing Gender in the 1970s Workplace Comedies
Judy Kutulas

18 “Who’s in Charge Here?”: Views of Media Ownership in Situation Comedies
Paul R. Kohl


19 Sex and the Sitcom: Gender and Genre in Millennial Television
Christine Scodari

20 Cheers: Searching for the Ideal Public Sphere in the Ideal Public House
Robert S. Brown

21 “It’s Just a Bunch of Stuff That Happened”: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Postmodern Comedy
H. Peter Steeves

List of Contributors

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