Comparative Literature | Literary and Television Genres
C252 | 1274 | Halloran, V

Meets:  MW 11:15-12:30  BH 215

In this course, we will compare how television and literary media
work within selected genres of artistic expression such as soap
operas, talk shows, biography, cooking shows, and scripted “reality”
adventures.  Not only will we discuss the ideological and
theoretical underpinnings of these popular genres in both media, but
we will also spend time evaluating how one media represents the
other.  Among the issues we will consider are:  how do television
shows depict people reading?  How do these genres discuss
literature?  How do novels, short stories and/or plays discuss the
influence of television in people’s lives?  What roles do actors
have in literary depictions of television shows?  What are the
limits of made-for-television adaptations of works of literature?
How do advertisements influence the way we think of the shows we
watch?  How did literature depict the same genres before the advent
of tv?  How do both television and literature blur the boundaries
between fiction and reality?

Meets A&H requirement