Critical Reflections on Audience and Narrativity

New Connections, New Perspectives

Edited by Valentina Marinescu, Silvia Branea, and Bianca Mitu

ibidem Press

Critical Reflections on Audience and Narrativity

Pub Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9783838206790

200 Pages

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Pub Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9783838206806

200 Pages

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Pub Date: September 2014

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Critical Reflections on Audience and Narrativity

New Connections, New Perspectives

Edited by Valentina Marinescu, Silvia Branea, and Bianca Mitu

ibidem Press

Critical Reflections on Audience and Narrativity offers an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to fiction, reality, and narrativity applied to television series from all over the world. Dissecting the almost invisible barrier between fiction and reality in TV series from various perspectives, the chapters cover a wide range of contemporary classics from the post-network age. From "The X-Files" and "Desperate Housewives" to "The Wire" and "Breaking Bad", the chapters sketch TV series' development from the lowest form of mass entertainment to the sophisticated vehicle of highbrow intertextuality on a global scale.Also covering many international cases from Brazil, Serbia, Romania, and Turkey and locating them in the global web of puzzle narratives, the unique contributions draw connections between the most diverse audiences and the way they receive modern storytelling in a culturally globalized world. This timely volume is a great resource for anyone interested in contemporary mass culture.
The new perspectives offered by this volume are of great interest for any European and International scholar mainly because the volume brings to light new ideas, new methodologies and results that could be further developed. Furthermore it is outstanding that the contributors to this book come from different countries (UK, Germany, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania) and somehow reach a common language in their studies. Michael Higgins, University of Strathclyde, UK
The book is divided into 14 chapters that bring a new perspective on the study of television series. This allows readers to drill in, even if they are not senior researchers, to easily digest the content and also to acknowledge the impact of television series viewing on reality and on their own lives. Stamatis Poulakidakos, University of Athens, Greece
Does the cultural capital compensate for the cultural discount? Why do German students prefer US-American TV series?, by Daniela Schluetz and Beate Schneider
Awake, or the multiplication of the realities Contemporary Television Series: Narrative Structures and Audience Perception, by Mathieu Pierre
"Three hundred channels and nothing's on": Metaleptic Genre-Mixing in Supernatural, by Michael Fuchs
Appreciating Nietzsche in Episodic Drama: The Highbrow Intertextuality and Middlebrow Reception of Criminal Minds, by Michael Wayne
The Seed of an Idea and its Cognitive Field: Minding the Gap of Alternate Reality in Flash Forward and Fringe, by Inbar Kaminsky
Breaking Narrative: Narrative Complexity in Contemporary Television, by Oliver Kroener
The Walking Dead and the Truly Monstrous... on Television, by Atene Mendelyte
Television Cosmo-Mythologies: The Return to Mythological Naratives in Television Fiction, from The Prisoner to Lost, by Raquel Crisóstomo Gálvez and Enric Ros Zofío
Breaking Bad, a Character-Based Formula, by Rodrigo Mesonero
Representing Occupations in Media and Audience Perceptions of TV Series, by Valentina Marinescu
Homeland: War on Terror Revisited, by Marc Perelló-Sobrepere
Understanding Health in Grey's Anatomy Television Series, by Bianca Mitu
Fiction Television in Brazil: New Perspectives, by Lilian Fontes Moreira
TV Series Bolji život (1987-1991): View from the Future, by Natasa Simeunovic Bajic
The X-Factor of Singing Competitions TV Series, by Maria Dicieanu
TV Drama as a Narrative form: Scenes from a Gendered and a Sacralized Cultural Sphere in Turkish Society, by Nuran E. Isik
The hero's journey, by "María Teresa Nicolás Gavilán, Lourdes López Gutiérrez,Carmen Silvia Sánchez Arana, Tania Alejandra Benítez Sánchez"
About the contributors

About the Author

Valentina Marinescu is Associate Professor Ph. D. at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in media and society, research methods for mass communication, analysis of media content. Her interests lie in media and communication studies in Eastern Europe. She has also published several papers on these subjects.Silvia Branea is Associate Professor Ph.D. at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Bucharest, and Associate Researcher at the Laboratory of Sociology, Communication and Public Sphere, Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy. She has an outstanding list of publications and presentations to International Conferences. Her interests lie in media and communication studies. Bianca Mitu has a PhD in Media and Communication Studies, University of Bucharest. She is co-director of the Media and Communication Research Center ccmrc.eu and a part-time lecturer at the University of Bucharest. She was Visiting Scholar at CAMRI, University of Westminster, Faculty of Arts, Media and Design, London. She also holds a master degree in Media and Communication. She has a number of publications in International Journals in Italy, Germany, and the USA and she is a member of IAMCR, ECREA, UK Social Policy, and of the Editorial Board of the International Journal Interpersona, International Journal of Communication and Health, and International Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago.