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Complex TV : the poetics of contemporary television storytelling

Author: Jason Mittell
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Mittell
ISBN: 9780814771358 0814771351 9780814769607 0814769608
OCLC Number: 893452281
Description: x, 390 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Complexity in context --
Beginnings --
Authorship --
Characters --
Comprehension --
Evaluation --
Serial melodrama --
Orienting paratexts --
Transmedia storytelling --
Ends.
Responsibility: Jason Mittell.

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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.

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"[...] Mittel's compelling arguments about topics such as anti-heroes and melodrama help us see the bigger picture when it comes to the small screen."-Seven Days "This volume is essential for those Read more...

 
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