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[ecrea] new book: Complex TV

Fri Jul 31 16:42:05 GMT 2015

*Complex TV*

*The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling*

/Jason Mittell/

     “A lucid and provocative exploration of modern television, from the
inside out.” —Emily Nussbaum, television critic at the /New Yorker/

     "Complex TV is one of the most exciting books I have ever read.
Each chapter contains useful and well-defined terms to put to work in
formal analysis, and every argument is backed up with lively, detailed,
and entertaining readings of familiar TV texts. The result is a rich and
thorough piece of scholarship that will do for television studies what
David Bordwell’s historical poetics has famously done for film.” —Robyn
Warhol,co-editor of /Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist

Over the past two decades, new technologies, changing viewer practices,
and the proliferation of genres and channels has transformed American
television. One of the most notable impacts of these shifts is the
emergence of highly complex and elaborate forms of serial narrative,
resulting in a robust period of formal experimentation and risky
programming rarely seen in a medium that is typically viewed as
formulaic and convention bound.

/Complex TV/ offers a sustained analysis of the poetics of television
narrative, focusing on how storytelling has changed in recent years and
how viewers make sense of these innovations. Through close analyses of
key programs, including /The Wire, Lost, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos,
Veronica Mars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men/ the book traces the
emergence of this narrative mode, focusing on issues such as viewer
comprehension, transmedia storytelling, serial authorship, character
change, and cultural evaluation. Developing a television-specific set of
narrative theories, /Complex TV/ argues that television is the most
vital and important storytelling medium of our time.

*Jason Mittell *is a Professor of Film & Media Culture and American
Studies at Middlebury College. He is the author of /Genre & Television:
 From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture/, /Television & American
Culture/, and co-editor of /How to Watch Television
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