Critical Methods and Applications, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2001 – 408 pages
Series: Routledge Communication Series
Television introduces students to the processes through which television tells stories, presents news, and sells products to its viewers. This accessible and student-friendly text explains how television constructs meaning and encourages readers to incorporate critical thinking into their TV viewing. Television contains hundreds of illustrations from current and classic TV programs, and a companion Web site (www.TVcrit.com) supplements the text with color frame grabs and illustrative video clips. New for this second edition is a chapter discussing television commercials and updated examples from recent television programs.
This text examines how videography, acting, lighting, set design, editing, and sound work together to produce the meanings that viewers take away from their television experience, while also providing critical and historical contexts to explain how critical methods have been applied to the medium. Television is intended for courses in television critical studies, and is also suitable for media and screen studies.
Contents: Preface. Part I: Understanding Television's Structures and Systems. Television's Ebb and Flow. Narrative Structure: Television Stories. Building Narrative: Character, Actor, Star. Beyond and Beside Narrative Structure. Part II: Television's Style: Image and Sound. Style and Setting: Mise-en-Scene. Style and the Camera: Videography and Cinematography. Style and Editing. Style and Sound. G.A. Copeland, A History of Television Style. Part III: Special Topics in Television Form. B. Allan, Music Television. Animated Television: The Narrative Cartoon. The Television Commercial. Part IV: Critical Analysis: Methodology. Alternatives to Empirical Study. Appendix.Sample Analyses.