Beyond Sitcom: New Directions in American Television Comedy

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McFarland, 13 de abr de 2010 - 217 páginas
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This book explores the mechanisms that have driven the evolution of televisual comedy from the classic sitcom, a genre deeply rooted in its theatrical origins, toward a more mature stage of television’s history. It analyzes four comic series—Scrubs, The Office, The Comeback, and Ugly Betty—revealing how each separates itself from the traditional sitcom archetype and shows increased awareness of the comic genre. Throughout the author focuses on two cardinal themes: the relationship between comedy and euphoria; and the relationship between comic texts and reality.
 

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Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 Situation Comedy
21
2 Scrubs
35
3 The Office
65
4 The Comeback
85
5 Ugly Betty
107
6 Genre Dynamics
132
7 Comedy Misplaced
152
8 Comedy and Reality
167
Glossary
185
Chapter Notes
191
Bibliography
197
Index
205
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Antonio Savorelli holds a Ph.D. in communication and new technologies, and runs a media research and design studio in Imola, Italy.

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