SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Section: 001 Television Genres
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Lab Fee:
35.00
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This seminar will examine the cultural history of television through an examination of television genres. We will draw on recent scholarship to explore how television genres function textually, industrially, and culturally. The beginning of the seminar will be focused on critically examining a number of theoretical approaches to the study of genre. Building on these approaches, the remainder of the course will focus on several case studies, including: soap operas; serials; domestic comedies; quiz shows; talent shows; reality television; cartoons; children’s television; procedural and workplace dramas; talk shows; telefantasy and science fiction shows; and television’s generic hybrids and meta-genres, along with a generic analysis of cable, niche, and “quality” TV. Additionally, we will study television and TV fan communities on the internet and consider how fansites, webisodes, and sites like YouTube transform television genres. Throughout the course, we will examine the production and reception of television genres in relation to their specific historical, industrial, economic, and cultural contexts. Explicit in this approach is the belief that television form and style matter. We will begin taking television seriously in an effort to become more critically aware viewers and consumers. You will be required to read challenging essays that explore television through a variety of critical lenses and approaches.

SAC 366 - Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
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38383
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LAB)
 
38385
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Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
005 (LEC)
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45469
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (LAB)
 
45470
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Tu 7:00PM - 9:00PM
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ISBN: 9780813123653
Thinking outside the box : a contemporary television genre reader, Publisher: University Press of Kentucky 2005
Required
ISBN: 9780415969024
Genre and television : from cop shows to cartoons in American culture, Author: Mittell, Jason., Publisher: Routledge 2004
Required
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