History TV

History TV

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This guidebook offers a critical introduction to history TV. Allison Perlman provides an accessible and engaging model to unpack the meanings of "history" and "TV," and explores topics that include documentary, the mini-series, network branding, and reality TV. Through fictional and non-fictional programming as diverse as Quantum Leap, Ken Burns' Baseball, Frontier House, and Mad Men, Perlman's book emphasizes how history TV shows are both sites of cultural memory and components of television networks' industrial strategies, fusing the ethics and politics of popular history with the narrative structure and genre elements of televisual formats.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 black & white halftones
  • 113892847X
  • 9781138928473

About Allison Perlman

Allison Perlman is Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the co-editor of Flow TV: Television in the Age of Media Convergence (with Michael Kackman, Marnie Binfield, Matthew Thomas Payne, and Bryan Sebok, Routledge 2011).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: History TV as History, History TV as Television 1. History TV as Mini-Series Key Text: Holocaust 2. History TV as Anthology Series Key Text: Quantum Leap 3. History TV as Documentary Key Text: Ken Burns' Baseball 4. History TV as Network Brand Key Text: Modern Marvels 5. History TV as Reality TV Key Text: Frontier House 6. History TV as Quality TV Key Text: Mad Men Appendix A: History TV Bibliography Appendix B: History TV Videographyshow more