For your consideration for spring courses, Routledge will be releasing my
long-delayed book on television comedy in November 2019. (I just proofed
the index last week!)
Instructor copies will soon be available.
Here's what their marketing department came up with, following by the
book's Table of Contents.
Please let me know if you'd like more information.
In this new Routledge Television Guidebook, Jeremy G. Butler studies our
love-hate relationship with the durable sitcom, analyzing the genre’s
position as a major media artifact within American culture and providing a
historical overview of its evolution in the USA.
Everyone loves the sitcom genre; and yet, paradoxically, everyone hates the
sitcom, too. This book examines themes of gender, race, ethnicity, and the
family that are always at the core of humor in our culture, tracking how
those discourses are embedded in the sitcom’s relatively rigid
storytelling structures. Butler pays particular attention to the sitcom’s
position in today’s post-network media landscape and sample analyses of
Sex and the City, Black-ish, The Simpsons, and The Andy Griffith Show
illuminate how the sitcom is infused with foundational American values.
At once contemporary and reflective, The Sitcom is a must-read for students
and scholars of television, comedy, and broader media studies, and a great
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Comedy Genre, Humor Theory
1. Understanding the Sitcom
2. A Critical/Cultural History of the Sitcom
3. Comedy, Family, and Small Towns
4. Comedy, Sex, and Gender Identity
5. Comedy, Race, Ethnicity, and Religion
6. Comedy, Televisuality, and Convergence
Questions for Discussion
A Select Sitcom Videography
A Select Sitcom Bibliography
Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu