Television Storytelling: The Conditions of Narrative Complexity|
AMST 316, FILM 319|
This course examines the industrial and cultural conditions for the development of relatively complex forms of storytelling in commercial U.S. television. Narrative complexity is a cross-generic phenomenon that emerged over the 1980s and has proliferated within an increasingly fragmented media environment. In class discussions and individual research projects, students will analyze particular programs in-depth, with attention to their industrial and social conditions of production, their aesthetic and ideological appeals, and the cultural tastes and viewing practices they reflect and promote. We will also consider how television studies has responded and contributed to the increased prestige of certain types of programs.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ANTH)(FILM-MN)(FILM)(SISP-Anth Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Jason Mittell, Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling
Works by Linda Williams, Amanda Lotz, Michael Newman, Ilana Levine, Janet McCabe, Brett Mills, Jason Jacobs, Anthony Smith, Noel Carroll, David Bordwell, John Caldwell, Dana Polan, and others,
|Examination and Assignments: |
weekly research journal
short (5-7 page) midterm paper on student-selected topic
class presentation and final research paper
students will also take turns (in pairs) facilitating class discussions over the semester.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
There will be between 2-3 hours of assigned viewing each week.
For admission, once preregistration begins, please (1) place an electronic POI request and (2) email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the questionnaire, which will be the basis for admission. Those admitted will be able to enroll during the adjustment period. Please note that frosh are not eligible.
|Instructor(s): Traube,Elizabeth G. Times: ...W... 07:10PM-10:00PM; Location: TBA|
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 16
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|