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描述

2003年春季这门课程的副标题是“美国电视:一部文化史”。

本课程将用文化的方法来研究电视作为一种表达技术和表达系统的演进历程。我们将电视看作叙事和创造神话的体系,同时将其视为一种文化实践,并用人类学、文学和影视学的视角对其进行研究。我们将重点关注黄金时段播出的营利性电视节目,电视这一媒体形态的科技史和经济史,以及相关的理论观点。这门课程需要观摩很多电视节目,同时也要求大量阅读媒体理论和文化阐释方面的资料。

我们将花4周时间来了解美国电视的科技史和经济史。在这些课时中,我们还将考察学者和政策制定者看待我们电视体系的理论视角。本学期剩下的时间将用来研究电视基本叙事类型的演化:情景喜剧、反映西部牛仔、警探和私家侦探的节目,以及其它的电视剧形式。我们将在强调电视继承在其它媒介(例如电影、戏剧和小说)中发展起来的叙事形态的大背景下研究这些叙事类型。本学期写作作业的次数:待定。将有一次期中测验、一次期末考试;可能有一次课外测验(待定)。授课形式:非正式讲授/讨论。课堂上将经常对电视节目片段进行分析。

写作作业中概括的一系列问题表明了这门课程详述的主题。




Description

The subtitle of the course for the spring 2003 term is "American Television: A Cultural History."

A cultural approach to television's evolution as a technology and system of representation. Considers television as a system of storytelling and myth-making, and as a cultural practice, studied from anthropological, literary, and cinematic perspectives. Focuses on prime-time commercial broadcasting, the medium's technological and economic history, and theoretical perspectives. Much required viewing as well as readings in media theory and cultural interpretation.

Four weeks will be devoted to the technological and economic history of American television. These classes will also examine the theoretical perspectives from which scholars and policy-makers have perceived our television system. The remainder of the semester will be devoted to a study of the evolution of television's fundamental genres of storytelling: situation comedy, westerns, police and private-eye programs, other forms of melodrama. These categories of storytelling will be studied in a context that emphasizes their continuities with storyforms that developed in other media, such as films, the stage, and prose fiction. Writing/term: to be determined. One midterm quiz, one final exam; a possible take-home quiz to be determined. Format: informal lectures/discussion. Much in-class analysis of passages from TV programs.

The range of issues outlined in the writing assignments identifies many of the defining themes of this course.










 
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