RE-Viewing Reception

RE-Viewing Reception : Television, Gender, and Postmodern Culture

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Focusing on U.S. television of the 1980s - from "Miami Vice", "Moonlighting", and "Pee-wee's Playhouse" to "Max Headroom" - Lynne Joyrich explores how gender affects the reception of television. She traces how the medium has been characterized as 'feminine' and then turns to the television shows themselves. She analyzes a range of genres and forms: melodramas (historically associated with women); action and crime dramas (aimed at men); dramas that try to distinguish themselves as 'quality' television; programs that emphasize the traditional family, while redefining that family to incorporate disruptions of race, class, and gender; and, programs that self-consciously announce television's 'difference' through strategies that call attention to the medium itself or its institutions. Drawing on feminist, psychoanalytic, and postmodern theory, Joyrich provides a comprehensive analysis of television and television studies.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 31 b&w photos
  • 025321078X
  • 9780253210784

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Lynne Joyrich explores how gender affects the reception of television. She traces how the medium has been characterized as 'feminine' and then turns to the television shows themselves. She analyzes a range of genres and forms: melodramas, historically associated with women; action and crime dramas aimed at men; dramas that try to distinguish themselves as 'quality' television; programs that emphasize the traditional family, while redefining that family to incorporate disruptions of race, class, and gender; and programs that self-consciously announce television's 'difference' and that call attention to its institutions.show more

About Lynne Joyrich

LYNNE JOYRICH is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is the author of arti(television and popular culture."show more

Table of contents

1. Universal Reception 2. Good Reception? Television, Gender, and the Critical View 3. All That Television Allows: TV Melodrama, Postmodernism, and Consumer Culture 4. Threats from within the Gates: Critical and Textual Hypermasculinity 5. Tube Tied: Television, Reproductive Politics, and MoonlightingOs Family Practice 6. OInto the SystemO: Television and the Cyborg Subject(ed) 7. Networking: Interlacing Feminism, Postmodernism, and Television Studies Notes Works Cited Indexshow more

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