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Previously On: Approaches to the Contemporary
Television Serial


 The increasing popularity and prevalence within television
schedules of serials such as "ER", "Ally McBeal", "Cold Feet", "Buffy
the Vampire Slayer" and "The Sopranos" poses a number of
fascinating questions.  To what extent do these serials constitute
a definable television genre? When and why did they emerge?
What is their place within an increasingly complex television
landscape? What can they tell us about relations between Britain
and the United States and constructions of 'transnational'
television? Many of these serials achieve both popular success
and critical praise. Clearly they can tell us much about
contemporary modes of reception and articulations of 'quality'
television.


This book will set out to find answers to these questions and
others via analysis of a number of these serials. We invite
contributions on recent drama serials screened on British
terrestrial television and we encourage diversity both in terms of
texts studied and methodology. As such the book will give a
very timely account of these highly prominent programmes and
their position within a changing television industry while
simultaneously providing examples of the various approaches
and methodologies of an increasingly hybrid television studies
discipline.

In the first instance please send proposals of 300-500 words by September
30 2000 to:


Dr. Lucy Mazdon
School of Modern Languages
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton
S017 1BJ

00 44 023 80 595435
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Michael Hammond
Department of English
University of Southampton
Highfield Southampton
SO17 1BJ

00 44 023 80 596708
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