SAC 620 - Seminar in Film or Electronic/Digital Media and Culture
Section: 001 Television Genres
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
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May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This seminar examines texts, industries, communities, and cultural practices that are engaged in defining and categorizing television genres. Drawing from scholarship on television genres (situation comedies, documentary, talk shows, reality television, telenovelas, and dramas), we will analyze the intertextual meanings of television genres for particular interpretative communities. Throughout the course we will interrogate the popularity of certain genres in specific historical and cultural contexts and their connection to larger socio-economic processes, relations of power, and cultural practices. While most of the course readings will focus on the US, we will also consider TV industries and genres in other parts of the world.

SAC 620 - Seminar in Film or Electronic/Digital Media and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
M 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Meets with AMCULT 601.001
002 (LAB)
W 7:00PM - 9:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0415969034
Genre and television : from cop shows to cartoons in American culture, Author: Jason Mittell, Publisher: Routledge 2004
ISBN: 0814742939
Heartland TV prime time television and the struggle for U.S. identity, Author: Victoria E. Johnson, Publisher: New York Univ. Press 2008
ISBN: 0816645108
Watching race : television and the struggle for blackness, Author: Herman Gray ; with a new introduction., Publisher: University of Minnesota Press 2004
ISBN: 0813522226
Redeeming the wasteland : television documentary and Cold War politics, Author: Michael Curtin, Publisher: Rutgers Univ. Press 1995
ISBN: 0814731996
Satire TV : politics and comedy in the post-network era, Author: edited by Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey P. Jones, and Ethan Thompson., Publisher: NYU Press 2009
ISBN: 0674559568
Media Events : Live Broadcasting of History, Author: Daniel Dayan and Elihu Katz., Publisher: Harvard University Press New ed. 1994
ISBN: 0226309118
The money shot : trash, class, and the making of TV talk shows, Author: Laura Grindstaff, Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2002
ISBN: 0521749042
Reality television and Arab politics : contention in public life, Author: Marwan M. Kraidy., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2009
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