Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed / Edition 1

Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed / Edition 1

by Mary M. Dalton
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Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed / Edition 1

Despite the popularity of the sitcom, one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming, The Sitcom Reader is the first book to offer critical essays devoted specifically to the form. The contributors address important topics in relation to sitcoms, such as conventions of the form, the family, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, work and social class, and ideology, and they do so from a variety of perspectives, including cultural studies, feminist theory, queer theory, and media studies.

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ISBN-13: 2900791465706
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 353
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Part 1Conventions of the Genre
1Origins of the Genre: In Search of the Radio Sitcom15
2Breaking and Entering: Transgressive Comedy on Television25
3American Situation Comedies and the Modern Comedy of Manners35
Part 2Reframing the Family
4Who Rules the Roost?: Sitcom Family Dynamics from the Cleavers to the Osbournes49
5From Ozzie to Ozzy: The Reassuring Nonevolution of the Sitcom Family61
6Against the Organization Man: The Andy Griffith Show and the Small-Town Family Ideal73
Part 3Gender Represented
7I Love Lucy: Television and Gender in Postwar Domestic Ideology87
8Our Miss Brooks: Situating Gender in Teacher Sitcoms99
9Talking Sex: Comparison Shopping through Female Conversation in HBO's Sex and the City111
Part 4Race and Ethnicity
10The Hidden Truths in Black Sitcoms125
11Segregated Sitcoms: Institutional Causes of Disparity among Black and White Comedy Images and Audiences139
12Negotiated Boundaries: Production Practices and the Making of Representation in Julia151
Part 5Situating Sexual Orientation
13Ellen: Coming Out and Disappearing165
14Sealed with a Kiss: Heteronormative Narrative Strategies in NBC's Will & Grace177
15Poofs-Cheesy and Other: Identity Politics as Commodity in South Park191
Part 6Work and Social Class
16Women, Love, and Work: The Doris Day Show as Cultural Dialogue205
17Liberated Women and New Sensitive Men: Reconstructing Gender in the 1970s Workplace Comedies217
18"Who's in Charge Here?": Views of Media Ownership in Situation Comedies227
Part 7Implications of Ideology
19Sex and the Sitcom: Gender and Genre in Millennial Television241
20Cheers: Searching for the Ideal Public Sphere in the Ideal Public House253
21"It's Just a Bunch of Stuff That Happened": The Simpsons and the Possibility of Postmodern Comedy261
List of Contributors293

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