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>Also, Jeremy Butler has a new textbook out called "Television: Critical
>methods and Applications."  It looks very useful.
 
<blush>
 
Thanks for the plug, Sarah.  And, if I can do this without blushing too
brightly, let me amplify on it a bit.
 
TELEVISION:  CRITICAL METHODS AND APPLICATIONS teaches students to approach
television critically.  It is modeled on the many books in *film*
studies--especially Bordwell and Thompson's FILM ART--that teach critical
principles.  It was published by Wadsworth in January 1994.
 
Included below is its Table of Contents.  To assuage some of the
embarrassment I feel at posting such a self-serving note, I'd like to
invite other authors on SCREEN-L to do the same.  I'll take these ToC's
(abstracts would also be welcome) and put them in SCREEN-L's archive for
future reference.
 
              Television:  Critical Methods and Application
                             Jeremy G. Butler
 
                     (Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth, 1994)
 
                             Table of Contents
 
Preface
 
PART ONE:  UNDERSTANDING TELEVISION'S STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS
 
1)  Television's Ebb and Flow
     Polysemy, Heterogeneity, Contradiction
     Interruption and Sequence
     Segmentation
 
2)  Narrative Structure:  Television Stories
     The Theatrical Film on Television
     The Made-for-Television Film
     The Television Series
     The Television Serial
 
3)  Building Narrative:  Character, Performance, Star
     Building Characters
     Building Performances
     The Star System?
 
4)  Beyond and Beside Narrative Structure
     Television's Reality
     Reality Television:  Forms, Modes and Genres
          Newscasts, Sports, Game Shows, Nonnarrative Commercials
 
PART TWO:  TELEVISION'S STYLE:  IMAGE AND SOUND
 
5)  Style and Setting:  Mise-en-Scene
     Set Design
     Costume Design
     Lighting Design
     Actor Movement
 
6)  Style and the Camera
     Cinematographic and Videographic Principles
 
7)  Style and Editing
     Single-camera and Multiple-camera Modes of Production
 
8)  Style and Sound
     Types of Television Sound
     Acoustic Properties and Sound Technology
 
9)  A History of Television Style
     By Gary Copeland
     Visual Elements of Television Style
     Aural Elements of Television Style
 
PART THREE:  SPECIAL TOPICS IN TELEVISION FORM
 
10)  Music Television
     By Blaine Allan
     Music Television and Music Video
     Types of Music Video
 
11)  Animated Television:  The Narrative Cartoon
     Theatrical Cartoons on TV
     Made-for-Television Cartoons
 
PART FOUR:  CRITICAL ANALYSIS:  METHODOLOGY AND APPLICATION
 
12)  Critical Methodology:  Alternatives to Empirical Study
     Empirical Research and Television
     Alternatives to Empirical Study
          Auteur theory
          Genre Study
          Semiotics
          Ideological criticism
          Feminism
 
13) Sample Analysis:  Designing Women
     Narrative and Overall Program Structure
     Image and Sound
     Feminist Discourse and Designing Women
 
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  Telecommunication & Film Dept. * University of Alabama * Tuscaloosa
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