Television Criticism presents an original treatment of television criticism with a foundational approach to the nature of criticism, an understanding of the business of television, production background in creating television style, in-depth chapters on storytelling and narrative theories and television genres, the interaction of rhetoric and cultural studies theories, representation, and postmodernism. It presents new and comprehensive guidelines for analysis and criticism, and it has a sample critique of the television program "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. "
Victoria O'Donnell (Ph.D., the Pennsylvania State University) is Professor Emeritus at Montana State University-Bozeman. She teaches a seminar on television criticism for the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University. She has published on topics concerning persuasion, the social effects of media, women in film and television, British politics, Nazi propaganda, collective memory, cultural studies theory, and science fiction films of the 1950s. She is also the author (with June Kable) of Persuasion: An Interactive-Dependency Approach, Propaganda and Persuasion (with Garth Jowett), and Speech Communication. She’s co-edited (with Garth Jowett) Readings in Propaganda and Persuasion. She made a film, Women, War, and Work: Shaping Space for Productivity in the Shipyards During World War II, for PBS, has written television scripts for environmental films, and has done voice-overs. She served on several journal editorial boards, is the recipient of numerous research grants and teaching awards, has been a private consultant, a Danforth Foundation Associate, a Summer Scholar of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has taught in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Wales.
Introduction I. ORIENTATION
1. The Work of the Critic
2. Demystifying the Business of Television II. FORMAL ASPECTS OF TELEVISION
3. Television Style
4. Television, the Nation's Storyteller
5. Television Genres III. THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO TELEVISION CRITICISM
6. Rhetoric and Culture
7. Representation and Its Audience
8. Postmodernism IV. CRITICAL APPLICATIONS
9. Guidelines for Television Criticism
10. Sample Criticism of a Television Show References