American Studies | Television Genres
G620 | 23701 | Rivero


This seminar examines texts, industries, communities, and cultural
practices that are engaged in defining and categorizing television
genres.  Drawing from recent scholarship on television genres
(situation comedies, talk shows, reality television, telenovelas,
and others types of programs), we will analyze the intertextual
meanings of television genres for particular interpretative
communities.  Throughout the course we will interrogate the
popularity of certain genres in specific historical and cultural
contexts and their interconnection to larger socio-economic
processes, relations of power, and cultural practices.  While most
of the course readings will focus on the US, we will also explore TV
industries and genres in Western Europe and Latin America.
Jointly offered with CMCL-C592