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Television Studies

ENGL 078.401

As a complex cultural product, television lends itself to a variety of critical approaches that build on, run parallel to, or depart from film studies. This introductory course in television studies begins with an overview of the medium’s history and explores how technical and industrial changes correspond to developing conventions of genre, programming, and aesthetics. Along the way, we analyze key concepts and theoretical debates that shaped the field. In particular, we will focus on approaches to textual analysis in combination with industry research, and critical engagements with the political, social and cultural dimensions of television as popular culture.

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