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Record Nr.

UNINA9910480688503321

Autore

Mittell Jason (1970- )

Titolo

Complex TV : The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling / / Jason Mittell

Pubbl/distr/stampa

London : , : New York University Press, , op. 2015

Baltimore, Md. : , : Project MUSE, , 2021

©op. 2015

ISBN

0-8147-4496-6

Descrizione fisica

1 online resource (x, 391 p.)

Disciplina

808.2/25

Soggetti

Telewizja - programy

Narracja

Telewizja - sztuka pisania

Electronic books.

Lingua di pubblicazione

Inglese

Formato

Materiale a stampa

Livello bibliografico

Monografia

Nota di bibliografia

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Nota di contenuto

Front matter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Complexity in Context -- 2. Beginnings -- 3. Authorship -- 4. Characters -- 5. Comprehension -- 6. Evaluation -- 7. Serial Melodrama -- 8. Orienting Paratexts -- 9. Transmedia Storytelling -- 10. Ends -- Notes -- Index -- About the Author

Sommario/riassunto

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.