Comparative Literature | Literary and Television Genres
C252 | 12431 | Ed Chamberlain


CMLT-252 (section 12431) Literary and Television Genres
E. Chamberlain ~2:35-4:30~TWR

Fulfills A&H requirements

In this course, we will compare how television programs and
literature tell stories within selected genres of artistic
expression such as soap operas, biographies, medical dramas, 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 television?  How do both television and literature blur the
boundaries between fiction and reality?  To consider these
questions, this course will examine several short stories, TV
programs, a novel, alternative video and more forms of cultural
expression.  The course also satisfies the A&H requirement.