Logics of Television

Logics of Television

Essays in Cultural Criticism
Edited by Patricia Mellencamp
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/1/1990
Format: paper
ISBN: 978-0-253-20582-7
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"This intellectually sexy collection features some of the best and brightest academic media analysts from Britain and the United States." —Voice Literary Supplement

“The essays in this volume rigorously engage the challenges of postmodern cultural criticism and theory, the central contemporary debate in the humanities.” —Communication Abstracts

“Mellencamp has produced a challenging and an invigorating text. . . . It should provide much inspiration.” —Journal of Communication

"This is a particularly good collection of thirteen papers with, overall, much more theoretically interesting yet less obscure and more pleasure-giving content than the norm. Give it priority." —Media Information Australia

These essays, on the cutting edge of theoretical debate in the humanities, rigorously engage the challenges of postmodern cultural critique and theory. They range widely from detailed historical research to broad questions of theory and method.

Contributors are Patricia Mellencamp, Meaghan Morris, John Caughie, Charlotte Brunsdon, Lynn Spigel, William Boddy, Eileen R. Meehan, Andrew Ross, Lynne Joyrich, Jane Gaines, Margaret Morse, Mary Ann Doane, and Stephen Heath.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Patricia Mellencamp
Prologue

Meaghan Morris
Banality in Cultural Studies

John Caughie
Playing at Being American: Games and Tactics

Charlotte Brunsdon
Television: Aesthetics and Audiences

Lynn Spigel
Television in the Family Circle: The Popular Reception of a New Medium

William Boddy
The Seven Dwarfs and the Money Grubbers: The Public Relations Crisis of US Television in the Late 1950s

Eileen R. Meehan
Why We Don’t Count: The Commodity Audience

Andrew Ross
Techno-Ethics and Tele-Ethics: Three Lives in the Day of Max Headroom

Lynne Joyrich
Critical and Textual Hypermasculinity

Jane Gaines
Superman and the Protective Strength of the Trademark

Margaret Morse
An Ontology of Everyday Distraction: The Freeway, the Mall, and Television

Mary Ann Doane
Information, Crisis, Catastrophe

Patricia Mellencamp
TV Time and Catastrophe, or Beyond the Pleasure Principle of Television

Stephen Heath
Representing Television

Contributors
Name Index
Subject Index