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編輯:張欣茹(簡介並寄信)
編輯:陳盈(簡介並寄信)、胡明靜(簡介並寄信)


描述

2003年春季這門課程的副標題是「美國電視:一部文化史」。

本課程將用文化的方法來研究電視作為一種表達技術和表達系統的演進歷程。我們將電視看作敘事和創造神話的體系,同時將其視為一種文化實踐,並用人類學、文學和影視學的視角對其進行研究。我們將重點關注黃金時段播出的營利性電視節目、電視這一媒體形態的科技史和經濟史,以及相關的理論觀點。這門課程需要觀摩很多電視節目,同時也要求大量閱讀媒體理論和文化闡釋方面的資料。

我們將花4周時間來瞭解美國電視的科技史和經濟史。在這些課時中,我們還將考察學者和政策制定者看待我們電視體系的理論視角。本學期剩下的時間將用來研究電視基本敘事類型的演化:情景喜劇、反映西部牛仔、警探和私家偵探的節目,以及其他的電視劇形式。我們將在強調電視繼承在其他媒介(例如電影、戲劇和小說)中發展起來的敘事形態的大背景下研究這些敘事類型。本學期寫作作業的次數:待定。將有一次期中測驗、一次期末考試;可能有一次課外測驗(待定)。授課形式:非正式講授/討論。課堂上將經常對電視節目片段進行分析。

寫作作業中概括的一系列問題表明了這門課程的主要特色。










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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