New Book on TV Style Launches Companion Website

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The companion Website for the forthcoming book, Television Style, has just been launched: http://www.tvstylebook.com

Television Style dissects how style signifies and what significance it has had in specific television contexts. Using hundreds of frame captures from television programs, Television Style dares to look closely at television. Miami Vice, ER, soap operas, sitcoms, and commercials, among other prototypical television texts, are deconstructed in an attempt to understand how style functions in television. Television Style also assays the state of style during an era of media convergence and the ostensible demise of network television.

Television Style is a much needed introduction to television style, and essential reading at a moment when the medium is undergoing radical transformation, perhaps even a stylistic renaissance.

Its companion Website features:

  • A draft copy of the Introduction, “Dare We Look Closely at Television?,” which surveys the literature on television (and film) style and advances the case for the stylistic analysis of the medium.
  • Approximately 300 illustrations (see below), every single image from the book–enlarged and, when appropriate, in color.
  • Several illustrative tables–some découpages (sequence analyses)–that had to be reduced for print. We here provide enlarged versions of them, along with color images.
  • 14 videos that tie in with Television Style’s discussions of editing, visual effects (especially morphing), sound, and camera movement. (Most of these are password-protected. The password is telestylistics .)
  • The beginnings of a link directory. Every online resource cited in Television Style will eventually be included, along with links to additional resources.
  • Ordering information.

Television Style

is scheduled to be published by Routledge this fall. You may pre-order it from Routledge or online booksellers. Also, lecturers/professors may request a 60-day examination copy. Orders may be placed at:

http://www.routledge.com/books/Television-Style-isbn9780415965125

Here’s a taste of all 300 illustrations:

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