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Television Myth and the American Mind

Television Myth and the American Mind - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0275931575

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ISBN13: 978-0275931575
ISBN10: 0275931579
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 94
Publisher: Praeger Publishers, Inc.
Published: 1994
International: No

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Television Myth and the American Mind - 2ND 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0275931575

Hal Himmelstein

ISBN13: 978-0275931575
ISBN10: 0275931579
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 94
Publisher: Praeger Publishers, Inc.

Published: 1994
International: No
Summary

This book offers an interpretation of the myths that shape television images and reinforce this culture's dominant ideology. It provides histories of all television genres and connects developments within each genre to political, social, and cultural shifts in the larger society. This new Second Edition updates the previous edition's close textual analysis of representative series and serials to mid-1993, reflecting the significant changes that have occurred in both the business of television in the United States and in the larger society's dominant ideology. The Second Edition also reflects significant advances in critical theory related to the study of television that have occurred over the past decade, and it incorporates both the structuralist critical position (dominant in the first edition) and a post-structuralist position which moves away from a determinist textual analysis of ideology to a consideration of possible multiple decodings.

Author Bio

Himmelstein, Hal : City University of New York Brooklyn College

Himmelstein, is Professor of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and Director of Research of the Center for the Study of World Television.


Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition


Television Myth and the American Mind
The Biz: Caution! Mythmakers at Work
Advertising: the Medium Is the Mirage
TV Comedy And Contemporary Life: Mayfield, Mayberry, Minneapolis, and Manhattan
Television's Social Comedies
Television Melodrama
Television News and the Television Documentary
Live TV: Sport and the TV Event
TV Religion and the TV Game Show: The Great American Dream in the Late Twentieth Century
The TV Talk Show: Commodifying the Individual Psyche
Toward an Oppositional Television


Selected Bibliography
Index

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