Dreams in American Television Narratives

Dreams in American Television Narratives

"Dreams in Television Narratives is the first comprehensive analysis of one of American television's most frequently utilized tropes, the dream.



ISBN: 1628927879

Category: Dreams on television

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Categories: Dreams on television

Dreams in American Television Narratives

Dreams in American Television Narratives

From Dallas to Buffy Cynthia Burkhead. alone as she was in Los Angeles, and this is supported by her dream which only offers her a dead lover for companionship. “Faith, Hope, and Trick” (3.3) finds Buffy reintegrated into her circle of ...

Author: Cynthia Burkhead

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441124173

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

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Dreams in Television Narratives is the first comprehensive analysis of one of American television's most frequently utilized tropes, the dream. From its beginning, television has been a storytelling medium. Whether delivered to a live audience or played out on a sound stage, narratives and those who write them have always been the crux of the television program. While film can claim a long history of scholarly inquiry into the connection between film and dreams, no comprehensive research exists on the subject of television dreams. Locating its primary function as narrative, the author uses examples from American sitcoms and dramatic programs, analyzing the narrative functions of dreams using, as its frame, Carl Jung's narrative stages of the dream: exposition, development, culmination, and conclusion. While television dreams are analyzed throughout, case studies of the television programs The Sopranos and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are included to show in detail how dreams function throughout a television series. Includes a compendium of over 1000 television episodes that include dreams, a valuable tool for any television scholar or enthusiast.
Categories: Social Science

Exploring Seriality on Screen

Exploring Seriality on Screen

Dreams in American Television Narratives: From 'Dallas' to 'Buffy'. London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014. Chion, Michel. David Lynch. Paris: Éditions de l'Étoile, 1998 [1992]. Dolan, Mark. “The Peaks and Valleys of Serial ...

Author: Ariane Hudelet

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000201352

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 270

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This collective book analyzes seriality as a major phenomenon increasingly connecting audiovisual narratives (cinematic films and television series) in the 20th and 21st centuries. The book historicizes and contextualizes the notion of seriality, combining narratological, aesthetic, industrial, philosophical, and political perspectives, showing how seriality as a paradigm informs media convergence and resides at the core of cinema and television history. By associating theoretical considerations and close readings of specific works, as well as diachronic and synchronic approaches, this volume offers a complex panorama of issues related to seriality including audience engagement, intertextuality and transmediality, cultural legitimacy, authorship, and medium specificity in remakes, adaptations, sequels, and reboots. Written by a team of international scholars, this book highlights a diversity of methodologies that will be of interest to scholars and doctoral students across disciplinary areas such as media studies, film studies, literature, aesthetics, and cultural studies. It will also interest students attending classes on serial audiovisual narratives and will appeal to fans of the series it addresses, such as Fargo, Twin Peaks, The Hunger Games, Bates Motel, and Sherlock.
Categories: Performing Arts

Doctor Who The Unfolding Event Marketing Merchandising and Mediatizing a Brand Anniversary

Doctor Who  The Unfolding Event     Marketing  Merchandising and Mediatizing a Brand Anniversary

Burkhead, Cynthia (2014) Dreams in American Television Narratives: From Dallas to Buffy, New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic. Burns, Tom (1977) The BBC: Public Institution and Private World, London and Basingstoke: Macmillan Press.

Author: Matt Hills

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137463326

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 146

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The BBC TV series Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013; this book analyses how promotion, commemorative merchandise and 3D cinema screenings worked paratextually to construct a 'popular media event' while sometimes uneasily integrating public service values and consumerist logics.
Categories: Performing Arts

Joss Whedon vs the Horror Tradition

Joss Whedon vs  the Horror Tradition

She is the author of Dreams in American Television Narratives: From Dallas to Buffy (2014) and co-editor of Joss Whedon: Conversations (2011). Her publications also include essays on the programs Lost, The Sopranos, and Carnivale, ...

Author: Kristopher Karl Woofter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786735416

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

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Although ostensibly presented as “light entertainment,” the work of writer-director-producer Joss Whedon takes much dark inspiration from the horror genre to create a unique aesthetic and perform a cultural critique. Featuring monsters, the undead, as well as drawing upon folklore and fairy tales, his many productions both celebrate and masterfully repurpose the traditions of horror for their own means. Woofter and Jowett's collection looks at how Whedon revisits existing feminist tropes in the '70s and '80s “slasher” craze via Buffy the Vampire Slayer to create a feminist saga; the innovative use of silent cinema tropes to produce a new fear-laden, film-television intertext; postmodernist reflexivity in Cabin in the Woods; as well as exploring new concepts on “cosmic dread” and the sublime for a richer understanding of programmes Dollhouse and Firefly. Chapters provide the historical context of horror as well as the particular production backgrounds that by turns support, constrain or transform this mode of filmmaking. Informed by a wide range of theory from within philosophy, film studies, queer studies, psychoanalysis, feminism and other fields, the expert contributions to this volume prove the enduring relevance of Whedon's genre-based universe to the study of film, television, popular culture and beyond.
Categories: Performing Arts

Experiencing Hektor

Experiencing Hektor

See Burkhead, C. Dreams in American Television Narratives: From Dallas to Buffy (Bloomsbury, 2013); Michlin, M. 'More, More, More: Contemporary American TV Series and the Attractions and Challenges of Serialization As Ongoing Narrative' ...

Author: Lynn Kozak

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474245456

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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At the Iliad's climax, the great Trojan hero Hektor falls at the hands of Achilles. But who is Hektor? He has resonated with audiences as a tragic hero, great warrior, loyal husband and father, protector of a doomed city. Yet never has a major work sought to discover how these different aspects of Hektor's character accumulate over the course of the narrative to create the devastating effect of his death. This book documents the experience of Hektor through the Iliad's serial narrative. Drawing on diverse tools from narratology, to cognitive science, but with a special focus on film character, television poetics, and performance practice, it examines how the mechanics of serial narrative construct the character of Hektor. How do we experience Hektor as the performer makes his way through the epic? How does the juxtaposition of scenes in multiple storylines contribute to character? How does the narrative work to manipulate our emotional response? How does our relationship to Hektor change over the course of the performance? Lynn Kozak demonstrates this novel approach through a careful scene-by-scene breakdown and analysis of the Iliad, focusing especially on Hektor. In doing so, she challenges and destabilises popular and scholarly assumptions about both ancient epic and the Iliad's 'other' hero.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Joss Whedon A Creative Portrait

Joss Whedon  A Creative Portrait

From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Marvel's The Avengers David Lavery ... “Fresh Air TV Critic David Bianculli Talks with JOSS WHEDON.” Fresh Air, 9 May 2000. ... Dreams in American Television Narratives: From Buffy to Dallas.

Author: David Lavery

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857734501

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Spring 2012 saw the return to creative and critical success of Joss Whedon, with the release of both his horror flick The Cabin in the Woods and the box-office sensation, Marvel's The Avengers. After establishing himself as a premier cult creator, the man who gave us great television with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse and web series Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog, as well as comic books including Fray and Astonishing X-Men, finally became the filmmaker he'd long dreamed of being. Drawing on a wide variety of sources and making use of psychologist Howard Gruber's insights into the nature of the creative process, Joss, A Creative Portrait offers the first intellectual biography of Whedon, tracking his career arc from activated fan boy to film studies major, third generation television writer, successful script doctor, innovative television auteur, beloved cult icon, sought-after collaborator, and major filmmaker with Marvel's The Avengers. Film and television scholar and Whedon expert David Lavery traces Whedon's multi-faceted magic from its source - the early influences of parents and teachers, comics, books, movies, collaborators - to its artistic incarnation.
Categories: Performing Arts

Television Finales

Television Finales

As a dramedy of the 1980s, Moonlighting made a distinctive contribution to the history of television by breaking the fourth wall and pushing the boundaries of the ... Dreams in American Television Narratives: From “Dallas” to “Buffy.

Author: Douglas L. Howard

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815654476

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 491

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Today more than ever, series finales have become cultural touchstones that feed watercooler fodder and Twitter storms among a committed community of viewers. While the final episodes of The Fugitive and M*A*S*H continue to rank among the highest rated broadcasts, more recent shows draw legions of binge-watching fans. Given the importance of finales to viewers and critics alike, Howard and Bianculli along with the other contributors explore these endings and what they mean to the audience, both in terms of their sense of narrative and as episodes that epitomize an entire show. Bringing together a veritable "who’s who" of television scholars, journalists, and media experts, including Robert Thompson, Martha Nochimson, Gary Edgerton, David Hinckley, Kim Akass, and Joanne Morreale, the book offers commentary on some of the most compelling and often controversial final episodes in television history. Each chapter is devoted to a separate finale, providing readers with a comprehensive survey of these watershed moments. Gathering a unique international lineup of journalists and media scholars, the book also offers readers an intriguing variety of critical voices and perspectives.
Categories: Performing Arts

Carniv le and the American Grotesque

Carniv  le and the American Grotesque

She is the author of Dreams in American Television Narratives: From Dallas to Buffy, The Student Companion to John Steinbeck, coeditor of Joss Whedon: Conversations and Grace Under Pressure: Grey's Anatomy Uncovered, and has published ...

Author: Peg Aloi

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476619125

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

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HBO’s Carnivàle was a critically-acclaimed, elaborate period narrative set in Depression era America that set the stage for the current explosion of cinematic storytelling on television. Despite an ambitious and unusual storyline, remarkable production design and stellar cast, the show was cancelled after only two seasons. No other television series has been so steeped in history, spirituality and occultism, and years later it retains a cult-like following. This collection of fresh essays explores the series through a diverse array of topics, from visual aesthetics to tarot symbolism to sexuality to the portrayal of deformity.
Categories: Performing Arts

Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis

Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis

Dreams in American Television Narratives: From Dallas to Buffy. New York: Bloomsbury. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Casablanca (1942). Directed by M. Curtiz, produced by Warner Brothers. Cavell, S. (1981).

Author: Salman Akhtar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000157390

Category: Psychology

Page: 484

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The Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis is a unique and original contribution to the field of psychoanalysis. Emphasizing and underscoring the need for interdisciplinary discourse in understanding the dialectical relationship between mind and culture, this volume addresses a multiplicity of realms. These include anthropology, religion, philosophy, history, as well as evolutionary psychology, medicine, race, poverty, migration, and prejudice. Dimensions of social praxis such as education, health policy, and cyberpsychology are also addressed. The enrichment of our understanding of the fine arts (e.g. painting, sculpture, poetry) and performing arts (e.g. music, dance, cinema) by the application of psychoanalytic principles and the enhancement of psychoanalysis by bringing such arts to bear upon it also form areas of this book's concern. This magisterial volume brings distinguished psychoanalysts, philosophers, musicians, poets, businessmen, architects, and movie critics together to create a chorus of modern, anthropologically-informed and culturally sensitive psychoanalysis.
Categories: Psychology