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Feminist Film Studies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 144

Feminist Film Studies

An introduction to feminist film theory as a discourse from the early seventies to the present. McCabe traces the broad ranging theories produced by feminist film scholarship, from formalist readings and psychoanalytical approaches to debates initiated by cultural studies, race and queer theory.

Quality TV
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 292

Quality TV

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2007-10-15
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Dealing primarily with the post-1996 era shaped by digital technologies and defined by consumer choice and brand marketing, this book brings together leading scholars, established journalists and experienced broadcasters working in the field of contemporary television to debate what we currently mean by quality TV. They go deep into contemporary American television fictions, from The Sopranos and The West Wing, to CSI and Lost -- innovative, sometimes controversial, always compelling dramas, which one scholar has described as "now better than the movies!" But how do we understand the emergence of these kinds of fiction? Are they genuinely new? What does quality tv have to tell us about the state of today's television market? And is it quality? Original, often polemic, each chapter proposes new ways of thinking about and defining quality TV. There is a foreword from Robert Thompson, and heated dialogue between British and US television critics. Also included are interviews with W. Snuffy Walden (scored The West Wing among others) and with David Chase (The Sopranos creator).

The Baby Swim Book
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 229

The Baby Swim Book

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The West Wing
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 144

The West Wing

With its fast and furious dialogue, crackling wit, and political savvy, The West Wing became appointment TV for millions during its seven-season run between 1999 and 2006. The behind-the-scenes ensemble drama about Washington politics premiered on the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, was the first series to respond to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and concluded in the closing years of the Bush administration. Its subject matter was ambitious and germane, its cast star-studded, its production team acclaimed. In this volume, Janet McCabe explores The West Wing as both a space for political and social discourse and a force that reshaped contemporary television. McCabe begins by examining the ...

Reading 'Desperate Housewives'
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Reading 'Desperate Housewives'

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2006-07-28
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

‘Everyone has a little dirty laundry.’ The darkly comic series about the secret lives of the ladies living on Wisteria Lane became an instant breakthrough hit for ABC. 21 million viewers tuned in for the first episode and this figure has steadily grown as audiences from around the globe have switched on to the shenanigans in suburbia. Desperate Housewives was subject to a backlash in America, where advertisers on the ABC network were lobbied by Christian groups and Parents’ Associations. But the sponsorship withdrawal that resulted did little to dampen the enthusiasm of its legions of fans. Recipient of several awards including the People’s Choice Award and Golden Globe for Best Tele...

Reading 'The L Word'
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 280

Reading 'The L Word'

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2006-02-24
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

The L Word immediately captured international attention when it debuted on American screens in January 2004. Given its standing as the first television drama series to focus on lesbians,_x000D_ it attracted controversy and devotion from within the lesbian community and beyond - and continues to make headlines and draw an enthusiastic fan base trading gossip through websites and weblogs. The groundbreaking primetime drama from Showtime is about a group of lesbian and bisexual friends living and loving in Los Angeles, and challenges traditional_x000D_ notions of relationships, queer lifestyles, gender identities, race and ethnicity, and sex and sexuality. Reading ‘The L Word’ is the first ...

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau Summary Process Manual
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 292
Reading Sex and the City
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 273

Reading Sex and the City

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2004-03-18
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

A highly readable and critically astute study of HBO's hit comedy, Sex and the City

TV's Betty Goes Global
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 259

TV's Betty Goes Global

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-02-19
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Premiering in 2006, the stylish and award winning US hit show Ugly Betty, about kind-hearted ugly duckling Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), is the latest incarnation of a truly global phenomenon that started life as a Colombian telenovela, Yo soy Betty, la fea, back in 1999. The tale has since taken an extraordinary journey around the globe, from the original Colombian Beatriz, Indian Jassi, Chinese Wudi and Israeli Esti to the Flemish Sara, Spanish Bea, Greek Maria and Dutch Lotte as well as Czech Katka, Russian Katka and Turkish Gönül. This groundbreaking book about how television formats go global asks what the Betty phenomenon can tell us about the international circulation of locally p...

Reading Six Feet Under
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Reading Six Feet Under

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2005-06-24
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Praised for its unabashed portrait of the ‘death care’ industry, HBO’s Six Feet Under is less about the business of death than the art of living well. Created by Alan Ball (American Beauty) this innovative, controversial show charts difficult territory, from death, dying and bereavement, to female and gay sexualities, laying bare in the process an American cultural consciousness. Six Feet Under first aired among HBO’s ‘must-see’ Sunday night line-up in 2001 and went on to establish itself as a critical and ratings winner. This book on the groundbreaking show examines such themes as the modern sacred and profane, pornography and the dead body, magic realism and the grotesque, American cultural politics, family relationships, homosexuality, the church and gay politics, motherhood and teenage rebellion. Entertaining and enlightening in equal measure, it contains an interview with composer Rick Marvin, an essay by Thomas Lynch whose books inspired the show and a complete episode guide to the first four series of Six Feet Under.