Television: The Domestic Medium|
AMST 253, FILM 349, FGSS 243|
Of all the mass media, television is the most intimately associated with domestic and familial life. Its installation in American homes over the postwar decade coincided with a revival of family life that encouraged an emphasis on private over public leisure. Most television is still watched at home, where viewing practices are interwoven with domestic routines and provide a site for negotiating family and gender relations. Television production is shaped at several levels by the images broadcasters and advertisers have of viewers' domestic lives: broadcast schedules reflect socially conditioned assumptions about the gendered division of family roles; a common televisual mode of address uses a conversational style in which performers present themselves to viewers as friends or members of the family; families or surrogate families figure prominently in the content of programming across a wide range of genres, including sitcoms, primetime dramas, daytime soaps, and talk shows. Sitcoms, in particular, have responded to and mediated historical shifts in family forms and gender relations over the past 50 years, and they will be a main focus in this course. We will explore how television has both shaped and responded to larger cultural discourses about family and gender from the postwar era into the 21st century.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ANTH)(FGSS)(FILM-MN)(FILM)(SISP-Anth Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Lynn Spigel, Make Room for TV
Brett Mills, Television Sitcom
Rebecca Feasey, Masculinity and Popular Television
Amanda Lotz, Redesigning Women: Television after the Network Era
Stephanie Coontz, Marriage - a History
Kathleen Gerson, No Man's Land: Men's Changing Commitments to Family and Work
|Examinations and Assignments: |
2 short (3-4 page) papers on assigned topics; final project (8-10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
There will be weekly screenings of the television programs assigned for that week.
|Instructor(s): Traube,Elizabeth G. Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; .M..... 07:00PM-08:30PM; Location: FISK210; FISK210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 50||SR major: 5||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: -6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 10||SO: 20||FR: X|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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