Narrative Strategies in Television Series

The analysis of recent TV series is of particular narratological interest, since
during the 1990s TV series increasingly began to employ experimental narrative
techniques like multiperspectivity and unreliable narration as well as innovative ...

Author: G. Allrath

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230501003

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 242

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In the context of a systematic overview of the possibilities of applying narratological concepts to a study of TV series, ten case studies are explored in depth, demonstrating how series such as 24, Buffy, Twin Peaks, Star Trek, Blackadder, and Sex and the City make use of innovative audiovisual means of storytelling. Transgressing the traditional confines of narrative theory, the chapter authors address the question of how form, content, and function intersect in these series.

Gendered Re Visions

“Introduction: Towards a Narratology of TV Series.” In: Gaby Allrath and Marion
Gymnich (eds.). Narrative Strategies in Television Series. ... “Serial Gossip:
Gossip as Theme and Narrative Strategy in Sex and the City.” In: Gaby Allrath
and ...

Author: Marion Gymnich

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783862346622

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 270

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Basierend auf der Annahme, dass Geschlechterrollen in den letzten Jahrzehnten zunehmend komplexer und differenzierter geworden sind, wird in den Artikeln des Bandes die Konstruktion von Geschlecht in zeitgenössischen Medienprodukten analysiert. Die AutorInnen geben Einblicke in die vielfältigen medien- und genrespezifischen Umsetzungen der Konstruktion, Perpetuierung und Infragestellung von Geschlechterkonzeptionen in audiovisuellen Medien. Dabei betrachten sie das Zusammenspiel der verschiedenen Ebenen, in denen das »gendering« in diesen Medien angesiedelt ist, und nehmen einem zentralen Ansatz des Bandes folgend eine transmediale Perspektive ein.Das Buch soll durch eingehende Analysen populärer Beispiele aus TV-Serien, Filmen und Musikvideos den Blick der LeserInnen schärfen, wie audiovisuelle Medien auf der einen Seite das Bild von »Weiblichkeit« und »Männlichkeit« beeinflussen und auf der anderen Seite gesellschaftlich verankerte Geschlechternormen reproduzieren.

The 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television Turning Points in American Culture

Kim Akass and Janet McCabe, “Ms. Parker and the Vicious Circle: Female
Narrative and Humor in Sex and the City,” in ... Narrative Strategy in Sex and the
City,” in Narrative Strategy in Television Series, edited by Gaby Allrath and
Marion ...

Author: Aaron Barlow

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440838873

Category: Social Science

Page: 366

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This book spotlights the 25 most important sitcoms to ever air on American television—shows that made generations laugh, challenged our ideas regarding gender, family, race, marital roles, and sexual identity, and now serve as time capsules of U.S. history. • Identifies the reason each show was a turning point in American television and provides analysis of the issues and themes present in each sitcom, how the content was received by the American public, and the lasting effects of the program • Covers a time period of more than half a century, from I Love Lucy to Modern Family • Clearly demonstrates how television as well as American ideals and values have changed dramatically over a fairly short period of time

Cool Istanbul

the audiences' attention in the age where everything from city to narrative, from
history to politics and arts, including the ... 8 Therefore both teasers and openon
Gymnich (2005), Narrative Strategies in Television Series, New York: Palgrave ...

Author: Derya Özkan

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 9783839427637

Category: Social Science

Page: 172

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This volume investigates the »cool city« phenomenon with an empirical focus on Istanbul. The book approaches »cool Istanbul« not only as a consumable brand but also as a socially produced and politically performed phenomenon. The contributions draw attention to the significance of thinking production, consumption and performance of cities in relation to their imagination, and trigger critical questions beyond disciplinary academic boundaries.

Inside The Writers Room

Allrath, Gaby and Marion Gymnich: Narrative Strategies in Television Series (
2005, Palgrave Macmillan) Alvarez, Rafael and David Simon: The Wire: Truth Be
Told (2010, Grove Press) Barnouw, Erik: Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of
American ...

Author: Christina Kallas

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137338129

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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US television drama has gained recognition for its sophisticated narrative form, and the role of the writer has been central to this. Here television writers share their experiences and practices of writing for highly successful shows such as The Sopranos, Seinfeld, Cheers, Sex and the City, The Wire, Mad Men, The Big C and Boardwalk Empire.

Complex TV

The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling Jason Mittell. 14. ... “Life in
Doppelgangland: Innovative Character Conception and Alternate Worlds in Buffy
the Vampire Slayer and Angel,” in Narrative Strategies in Television Series, ed.

Author: Jason Mittell

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814738856

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

View: 933


Over the past two decades, new technologies, changing viewer practices, and the proliferation of genres and channels has transformed American television. One of the most notable impacts of these shifts is the emergence of highly complex and elaborate forms of serial narrative, resulting in a robust period of formal experimentation and risky programming rarely seen in a medium that is typically viewed as formulaic and convention bound. Complex TV offers a sustained analysis of the poetics of television narrative, focusing on how storytelling has changed in recent years and how viewers make sense of these innovations. Through close analyses of key programs, including The Wire, Lost, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men the book traces the emergence of this narrative mode, focusing on issues such as viewer comprehension, transmedia storytelling, serial authorship, character change, and cultural evaluation. Developing a television-specific set of narrative theories, Complex TV argues that television is the most vital and important storytelling medium of our time.

Narrative Across Media

2 I will explore how reality tv shows employ various narrative strategies to
produce certain effects — both moral and aesthetic . Many of these shows both
presume and cultivate the audience's interest in spectacles of violence . They
seem to ...

Author: Marie-Laure Ryan

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803289936

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 422

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Narratology has been conceived from its earliest days as a project that transcends disciplines and media. The essays gathered here address the question of how narrative migrates, mutates, and creates meaning as it is expressed across various media. Dividing the inquiry into five areas: face-to-face narrative, still pictures, moving pictures, music, and digital media, Narrative across Media investigates how the intrinsic properties of the supporting medium shape the form of narrative and affect the narrative experience. Unlike other interdisciplinary approaches to narrative studies, all of which have tended to concentrate on narrative across language-supported fields, this unique collection provides a much-needed analysis of how narrative operates when expressed through visual, gestural, electronic, and musical means. In doing so, the collection redefines the act of storytelling. Although the fields of media and narrative studies have been invigorated by a variety of theoretical approaches, this volume seeks to avoid a dominant theoretical bias by providing instead a collection of concrete studies that inspire a direct look at texts rather than relying on a particular theory of interpretation. A contribution to both narrative and media studies, Narrative across Media is the first attempt to bridge the two disciplines.

Media Franchising

world who come to the project extremely well-versed in the television continuity.
... Shop News preview of Zarek, this strategy courted creative legitimacy by
appealing to the flashback-heavy narrative strategy in vogue on television shows
like ...

Author: Derek Johnson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814743898

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 158


"Johnson astutely reveals that franchises are not Borg-like assimilation machines, but, rather, complicated ecosystems within which creative workers strive to create compelling 'shared worlds.' This finely researched, breakthrough book is a must-read for anyone seeking a sophisticated understanding of the contemporary media industry." —Heather Hendershot, author of What's Fair on the Air?: Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting and the Public Interest While immediately recognizable throughout the U.S. and many other countries, media mainstays like X-Men, Star Trek, and Transformers achieved such familiarity through constant reincarnation. In each case, the initial success of a single product led to a long-term embrace of media franchising—a dynamic process in which media workers from different industrial positions shared in and reproduced familiar cultureacross television, film, comics, games, and merchandising. In Media Franchising, Derek Johnson examines the corporate culture behind these production practices, as well as the collaborative and creative efforts involved in conceiving, sustaining, and sharing intellectual properties in media work worlds. Challenging connotations of homogeneity, Johnson shows how the cultural and industrial logic of franchising has encouraged media industries to reimagine creativity as an opportunity for exchange among producers, licensees, and evenconsumers. Drawing on case studies and interviews with media producers, he reveals the meaningful identities, cultural hierarchies, and struggles for distinction that accompany collaboration within these production networks. Media Franchising provides a nuanced portrait of the collaborative cultural production embedded in both the media industries and our own daily lives.

Television in Post Reform China

drama. and. serial. narrative. Introduction This chapter shifts gears to focus on the
narrative strategies of the serialized political dynasty drama in China. Despite a
proliferation of new program formats on Chinese television, the serial drama ...

Author: Ying Zhu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134094608

Category: History

Page: 178

View: 788


This book explores the political, economic, and cultural forces, locally and globally that have shaped the evolution of Chinese primetime television dramas, and the way that these dramas in turn have actively engaged in the major intellectual and policy debates concerning the path, steps, and speed of China’s economic and political modernization during the post-Deng Xiaoping era. It intertwines the evolution of Chinese television drama particularly with the ascendance of the Chinese New Left that favors a recentralization of state authority and an alternative path towards China’s modernization and China’s current administration’s call for building a "harmonious society." Two types of serial drama are highlighted in this regard, the politically provocative dynasty drama and the culturally ambiguous domestic drama. The book also provides cross-cultural comparisons that parallel the textual and institutional strategies of transnational Chinese language TV dramas with dramas from the three leading centers of transnational television production, the US, Brazil and Mexico in Latin America, and the Korean-led East Asia region. The comparison reveals creative connections while it also explores how the emergence of a Chinese cultural-linguistic market, together with other cultural-linguistic markets, complicates the power dynamics of global cultural flows.

The Cinema of Terrence Malick

She has published articles on the narrative strategies of television coverage of
high-profile trials; on characterisation in literature, film, radio drama and legal
discourse; and on the uses of voice-over narration in Terrence Malick's films. She
is ...

Author: Hannah Patterson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850117

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 118


With 2005's acclaimed and controversial The New World, one of cinema's most enigmatic filmmakers returned to the screen with only his fourth feature film in a career spanning thirty years. While Terrence Malick's work has always divided opinion, his poetic, transcendent filmic language has unquestionably redefined modern cinema, and with a new feature scheduled for 2008, contemporary cinema is finally catching up with his vision. This updated second edition of The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America charts the continuing growth of Malick's oeuvre, exploring identity, place, and existence in his films. Featuring two new original essays on his latest career landmark and extensive analysis of The Thin Red Line-Malick's haunting screen treatment of World War II-this is an essential study of a visionary poet of American cinema.

Television and American Culture

The entire television medium follows certain norms such as series format and
regular scheduling . Other extrinsic norms are ... storyworld or of real life . In
analyzing the narrative strategies of a television series , Telling Television Stories
| 233.

Author: Jason Mittell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: STANFORD:36105215297826

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 465

View: 445


"Exploring television at once as a technological medium, an economic system, a facet of democracy, and a part of everyday life, this landmark text uses numerous case studies to demonstrate the past, immediate, and far-reaching effects of American culture on television - and television's influence on American culture. Arranged topically, the book provides a broad historical overview of television while also honing in on such finer points as the formal attributes of its various genres and its role in gender and racial identity formation." "Replete with examples, this pedagogically rich text includes many end-of-chapter case studies and narratives with suggestions for further reading - and, appropriately, viewing. Illustrations and photographs - primarily DVD grabs - contextualize historical footage and older television programs that may not be familiar to younger students." --Book Jacket.

Dreams in American Television Narratives

Plato Television's largest dream experiment lasted for only 13 episodes. In 2012,
the degree to which television audiences will tolerate dreams as a narrative
strategy was tested with the NBC mid-season replacement drama, Awake. For
the ...

Author: Cynthia Burkhead

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441124173

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

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Dreams in Television Narratives is the first comprehensive analysis of one of American television's most frequently utilized tropes, the dream. From its beginning, television has been a storytelling medium. Whether delivered to a live audience or played out on a sound stage, narratives and those who write them have always been the crux of the television program. While film can claim a long history of scholarly inquiry into the connection between film and dreams, no comprehensive research exists on the subject of television dreams. Locating its primary function as narrative, the author uses examples from American sitcoms and dramatic programs, analyzing the narrative functions of dreams using, as its frame, Carl Jung's narrative stages of the dream: exposition, development, culmination, and conclusion. While television dreams are analyzed throughout, case studies of the television programs The Sopranos and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are included to show in detail how dreams function throughout a television series. Includes a compendium of over 1000 television episodes that include dreams, a valuable tool for any television scholar or enthusiast.

Impacts and Influences

Narrative. strategies. in. television. science. Roger. Silverstone. Introduction
Television science documentaries have the ... In a series such as Horizon, there
is a premium on clarity of exposition, on professional and technical competence
and ...

Author: James Curran

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136734922

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

View: 754


First Published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

TV Crime Drama

Fifty Key Television Programs, London: Edward Arnold Publishers Ltd, pp. 222–6
. Lavery, David (2010), '”Serial” Killer: Dexter's Narrative Strategies', in Douglas
Howard (ed.), Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television, London: I. B. Tauris,

Author: Sue Turnbull

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748678204

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

View: 809


This book provides an historical analysis of the TV crime series as a genre, paying close attention not only to the nature of TV dramas themselves, but also to the context of production and reception.

The Survival of Soap Opera

He has written on issues of television genres, including the soap opera, in Genre
and Television and the textbook Televi- sion and ... research interest in narrative
complexity on primetime television shows stemmed first from my personal tastes
and fannish investments. ... watching around 1999–2001 that seemed distinctive
in their narrative strategies, offering new possibilities for primetime programming.

Author: Sam Ford

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604737174

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

View: 208


The soap opera, one of U.S. television’s longest-running and most influential formats, is on the brink. Declining ratings have been attributed to an increasing number of women working outside the home and to an intensifying competition for viewers’ attention from cable and the Internet. Yet, soaps’ influence has expanded, with serial narratives becoming commonplace on most prime time TV programs. The Survival of Soap Opera investigates the causes of their dwindling popularity, describes their impact on TV and new media culture, and gleans lessons from their complex history for twenty-first-century media industries. The book contains contributions from established soap scholars such as Robert C. Allen, Louise Spence, Nancy Baym, and Horace Newcomb, along with essays and interviews by emerging scholars, fans and Web site moderators, and soap opera producers, writers, and actors from ABC’s General Hospital, CBS’s The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, and other shows. This diverse group of voices seeks to intervene in the discussion about the fate of soap operas at a critical juncture, and speaks to longtime soap viewers, television studies scholars, and media professionals alike.


Gymnich , Marion . “ Exploring Inner Spaces : Authoritative Narratives and
Subjective Worlds in Star Trek : Deep Space Nine , Voyager , and Enterprise . ”
Narrative Strategies in Television Series 62 - 79 . 187 . Gymnich , Marion , Gaby
Allrath ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105123414653

Category: United States


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Big Brother International

Of importance is their own knowledge of television referents as well as their own
cultural and social orientation. ... The serial episodic character and numerous
narrative techniques employed in the Big Brother story are thus drawn from the ...

Author: Ernest Mathijs

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 1904764185

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 261

View: 248


Since its inception, Big Brother has been versioned in over thirty countries and reached an estimated audience of over two billion. The first of its kind, this book considers the reception and impact of the series, and how different regions adopt the format to suit local cultural concerns and achieve commercial success. The book functions not only as a discussion of one single television program but also as a reflection on the medium's history and future, and its impact on popular culture.

The Handbook of Gender Sex and Media

Television series, 20 episodes. United Kingdom: BBC. Lotz, A. D. (2007). The
Television Will ... 46–59). London: Sage Publications. Provencher, D. M. (2005).
Sealed with a kiss: Heteronormative narrative strategies in NBC's Will and Grace.

Author: Karen Ross

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118114223

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 608

View: 889


The Handbook of Gender, Sex and Media offers original insights into the complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media, and in doing so, showcases new research at the forefront of media and communication practice and theory. Brings together a collection of new, cutting-edge research exploring a number of different facets of the broad relationship between gender and media Moves beyond associating gender with man/woman and instead considers the relationship between the construction of gender norms, biological sex and the mediation of sex and sexuality Offers genuinely new insights into the complicated and complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media Essay topics range from the continuing sexism of TV advertising to ways in which the internet is facilitating the (re)invention of our sexual selves.

Storytelling in Film and Television

The secret of television's success may well lie in the remarkable narrative complexities underlying its seeming simplicity, complexities Kristin Thompson unmasks in this engaging analysis of the narrative workings of television and film.

Author: Kristin Thompson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674010639

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 172

View: 784


Derided as simple, dismissed as inferior to film, famously characterized as a vast wasteland, television nonetheless exerts an undeniable, apparently inescapable power in our culture. The secret of television's success may well lie in the remarkable narrative complexities underlying its seeming simplicity, complexities Kristin Thompson unmasks in this engaging analysis of the narrative workings of television and film. After first looking at the narrative techniques the two media share, Thompson focuses on the specific challenges that series television presents and the tactics writers have devised to meet them--tactics that sustain interest and maintain sense across multiple plots and subplots and in spite of frequent interruptions as well as weeklong and seasonal breaks. Beyond adapting the techniques of film, Thompson argues, television has wrought its own changes in traditional narrative form. Drawing on classics of film and television, as well as recent and current series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos, and The Simpsons, she shows how adaptations, sequels, series, and sagas have altered long-standing notions of closure and single authorship. And in a comparison of David Lynch's Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks, she asks whether there can be an "art television" comparable to the more familiar "art cinema."


Those made - for - TV films that do double duty as pilots for projected television
series cannot tolerate this narrative closure . Instead , they ... It recognizes
television ' s interruptive form , and it has developed narrative strategies to cope
with it .

Author: Jeremy G. Butler

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 0534166865

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 369

View: 755


"Television "explains how television programs and commercials are made, and how they function as producers of meaning. Author Jeremy Butler demonstrates the ways in which cinematography and videography, acting, lighting, set design, editing, and sou