TELEVISION: CRITICAL METHODS AND APPLICATIONS has been called the “best
textbook on television available today” (Ellen Seiter, USC). Originally
published in 1994, its fourth edition has just been released by Routledge.
Videography, editing, acting, set design, lighting and sound are analyzed
and explained in terms of how they are used to tell stories, present news,
and sell products to TV viewers.
The methods and theories associated with the discipline of television
studies are surveyed and explained in newly expanded chapters.
Moreover, this student-friendly text provides critical and historical
contexts, discussing how critical methods have been applied to the medium
and highlighting the evolution of television style through the decades.
TELEVISION is illustrated with hundreds of frame grabs from TV programs. A
companion Website, hosted by Routlege, presents color versions of these
black-and-white figures and augments them with video clips, sample student
papers, syllabi, and other material. It will soon be available at:
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NEW EDITION
***New chapter and part organization to reflect the current approach to
teaching television—with greatly expanded methods and theories chapters.
(See Table of Contents below.)
***An entirely new chapter on modes of production and their impact on what
you see on the screen.
***Discussions integrated throughout on the latest developments in
television’s on-going convergence with other media, such as material on
transmedia storytelling and YouTube’s impact on video distribution.
***Over three hundred printed illustrations, including new and better
quality frame grabs of recent television shows and commercials. Printed on
heavier paper stock than the third edition, resulting in better
reproduction of illustrations.
***A companion website featuring PowerPoint presentations, sample syllabi
and other materials for instructors, as well as color frame grabs, a
glossary, flash cards, and editing and sound exercises for students.
***Nearly 200 links to online videos that support examples in the text.
Numerous video clips have been made available for the first time on
With its distinctive approach to examining television, Television is
appropriate for courses in television studies, media criticism, and general
Instructors may request a complimentary examination copy:
REVIEWS OF PREVIOUS EDITIONS
"TELEVISION is an ideal text for courses introducing television to
undergraduates. Written with clarity and wit, it surveys a range of ways of
analyzing a medium which young people, although they consume it
voraciously, seldom scrutinize." --David Bordwell (Wisconsin)
"This is, quite simply, the best book out there for teaching introductory
TV courses. The text is well-conceived and engaging, and Butler does a
superb job of illustrating the formal and aesthetic structures of
television in a clear and readable manner." –Tara McPherson, USC
"This book is a very important text in the field of television
studies–indeed, it has been important, I believe, in the very establishment
of the field as a significant and legitimate one." –Lynne Joyrich, Brown
Routledge's official site:
Specific changes in the new edition that may be of interest to instructors:
Jeremy Butler will continue to maintain an author's blog, supplementing
Routledge's official companion Website:
NEW TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I: Understanding Television’s Structures and Systems
1 An Introduction to Television Structures and Systems: Television’s Ebb
and Flow in the Postnetwork Era
2 Narrative Structure: Television Stories
3 Building Narrative: Character, Actor, Star
4 Beyond and Beside Narrative Structure
5 The Television Commercial
Part II: Television’s Style: Image and Sound
6 An Introduction to Television Style: Modes of Production
7 Style and Setting: Mise-en-Scene
8 Style and the Camera: Videography and Cinematography
9 Style and Editing
10 Style and Sound
Part III: Television Studies
11 An Introduction to Television Studies
12 Textual Analysis
13 Discourse and Identity
Appendix I Sample Analyses
Appendix II Mass Communication Research
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