Television Storytelling: The Conditions of Narrative Complexity|
AMST 316, FILM 319|
This course examines the industrial and cultural conditions for the development of complex forms of storytelling in commercial U.S. television. Narrative complexity is a cross-generic phenomenon that emerged over the 1980s and has proliferated within an increasingly fragmented media environment. In class discussions and individual research projects, students will analyze particular programs in-depth, with attention to their industrial and social conditions of production, their aesthetic and ideological appeals, and the cultural tastes and practices of their viewers.
This course explores the industrial and cultural conditions of possibility for an aesthetic shift in television storytelling. It understands a move toward more complex narrative forms as multiply conditioned by producers' strategies, audience tastes, and new technologies. Interpretation, as pursued in the course, thus encompasses processes of production and reception.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ANTH)(FILM-MN)(FILM)(SISP-Anth Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Robert Thompson, TELEVISION'S SECOND GOLDEN AGE
Jason Mittell. TELEVISION AND AMERICAN CULTURE
Roberta Pearson, ed., READING LOST
Dana Polan, THE SOPRANOS
Jeremy C. Butler, TELEVISION: CRITICAL METHODS AND APPLICATIONS
Course packet (including texts by Jeffrey Sconce, Horace Newcomb, Jane Feuer, Julie D'Acci, Janet McCabe, Kim Akass, David Lavery, Amanda Lotz, and others)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
weekly research journal
short (5-7page) midterm paper
class presentation and final research paper
students will also take turns facilitating class discussions over the semester.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Most Monday evenings there will be screenings of episodes for that week's class; these will run (approximately) from 7 to 9. Although we will not need to hold screenings every Monday, students should keep that time free.
Applicants will be selected on the basis of a short questionnaire. Please contact the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to obtain the questionnaire; it should be returned by no later than Tuesday, November 16; POIs will be distributed by the beginning of the adjustment period. For additional info, you may email etraube or come to office hours, MW, 3-4:30, in the Anthropology Department.
|Instructor(s): Traube,Elizabeth G. Times: ...W... 07:00PM-09:50PM; Location: ANTH6; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 16
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
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