Televisuality: Style, Crisis, and Authority in American Television : Style, Crisis, and Authority in American Television
The collision of auteurism and rap--couched by primetime producers in the Northern Exposure script--was actually rather commonplace by the early 1990s. Series, and even news broadcasts, regularly engineered their narratives around highly coded aesthetic and cultural fragments, with a kind of ensemble iconography. Televisuality interrogates the nature of such performances as an historical phenomenon, an aesthetic and industrial practice, and as a socially symbolic act. This book suggests that postmodernism does not fully explain television's stylistic exhibitionism and that a reexamination of "high theory" is in order. Caldwell's unique approach successfully integrates production practice with theory in a way that will enlighten both critical theory and cultural studies.
- Paperback | 456 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 703.06g
- 01 Jul 1995
- Rutgers University Press
- New Brunswick, NJ, United States
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Caldwell calls for a 'desegregation' of theory and practice in media scholarship and for an end to the willful blindness of 'high theory.'