Dreams in American Television Narratives: From Dallas to Buffy

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 23 de mai de 2013 - 184 páginas
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.
 

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1 Film Dreams and Television Dreams
3
2 Dreaming in Black and White
15
Introducing the Narrative
25
Advancing the Narrative
39
Building to Narrative Climax
51
Ending the Narrative
63
7 Television Critiques its Dreams
75
Note to Readers
79
The Sopranos
91
Lost
99
Awake
105
Notes
110
Bibliography
115
Part 3
121
Compendium of Television Dreams
123
Index
164

Part 2
81
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
83

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Cynthia Burkhead, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Alabama, US. She is the author of the Student Companion to John Steinbeck and the coeditor of Joss Whedon: Conversations and Grace Under Pressure: Grey's Anatomy Uncovered.

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