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The Sitcom Reader
America Viewed and Skewed
The Sitcom Reader
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Mary M. Dalton - Editor
Laura R. Linder - Editor
Price: $86.50 
Hardcover - 353 pages
Release Date: October 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6569-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6569-1

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Paperback - 353 pages
Release Date: October 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6570-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6570-7

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Electronic - 353 pages
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-8263-6

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Offers a variety of perspectives on the sitcom genre and its influence on American culture.

Despite the popularity of the sitcom, one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming, The Sitcom Reader is the first book to offer critical essays devoted specifically to the form. The contributors address important topics in relation to sitcoms, such as conventions of the form, the family, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, work and social class, and ideology, and they do so from a variety of perspectives, including cultural studies, feminist theory, queer theory, and media studies.

“The beauty of … The Sitcom Reader is its versatility … Several of the essays provide significant research into a specific philosophy, social attitude, or genre of television sitcoms.” — Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

“Because situation comedy is often a window into the culture of the day, as a genre it is important not only as entertainment but also for the view it offers of society and social classes … Those familiar with the programs discussed will profit most from this book, which is an important contribution to the literature, particularly since more and more academic courses include discussion of the culture and content of television.” — CHOICE

"As a field of study this topic is essential. Prime time television remains the most influential medium, helping formulate cultural sensibilities, attitudes, values, and assessments of the social world. As a genre, the situation comedy is one of the most prevalent formats on television, and this book builds on a strong foundation in media studies that seeks to understand and evaluate the social significance of these forms. The various approaches to this topic offer the widest range of intellectual rigor." — Robin Andersen, author of Consumer Culture and TV Programming

"I like the scope of the book and the fact that the essays are written from a variety of perspectives—theoretical, historical, and industrial. The book raises an important central question: how has the genre historically constructed their subjects in relation to the dominant ideology?" — Stephen Tropiano, author of The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV

Contributors include Karen Anijar, Robert S. Brown, Hsueh-hua Vivian Chen, Robin R. Means Coleman, Mary M. Dalton, Paul R. Kohl, Judy Kutulas, Lori Landay, Laura R. Linder, Amanda Dyanne Lotz, David Marc, Charlton D. McIlwain, John O'Leary, Valerie V. Peterson, David Pierson, Denis M. Provencher, Sharon Marie Ross, Christine Scodari, Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz, H. Peter Steeves, Michael V. Tueth, Thomas E. Walker, Rick Worland, and Phyllis Scrocco Zrzavy.

Mary M. Dalton is Assistant Professor of Communication at Wake Forest University and the author of The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies. Laura R. Linder is Associate Professor of Media Arts at Marist College and the author of Public Access Television: America's Electronic Soapbox.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

PART ONE
CONVENTIONS OF THE GENRE

1 Origins of the Genre: In Search of the Radio Sitcom
David Marc

2 Breaking and Entering: Transgressive Comedy on Television
Michael V. Tueth

3 American Situation Comedies and the Modern Comedy of Manners
David Pierson

PART TWO
REFRAMING THE FAMILY

4 Who Rules the Roost?: Sitcom Family Dynamics from the Cleavers to the Osbournes
Judy Kutulas

5 From Ozzie to Ozzy: The Reassuring Nonevolution of the Sitcom Family
Laura R. Linder

6 Against the Organization Man: The Andy Griffith Show and the Small Town Family Ideal
John O’Leary and Rick Worland

PART THREE
GENDER REPRESENTED

7 I Love Lucy: Television and Gender in Postwar Domestic Ideology
Lori Landay

8 Our Miss Brooks: Situating Gender in Teacher Sitcoms
Mary M. Dalton

9 Talking Sex: Comparison Shopping through Female Conversation in HBO’s Sex and the City
Sharon Marie Ross

PART FOUR
RACE AND ETHNICITY

10 The Hidden Truths in Black Sitcoms
Robin R. Means Coleman and Charlton D. McIlwain

11 Segregated Sitcoms: Institutional Causes of Disparity among Black and White Comedy Images and Audiences
Amanda Dyanne Lotz

12 Negotiated Boundaries: Production Practices and the Making of Representation in Julia
Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz

PART FIVE
SITUATING SEXUAL ORIENTATION

13 Ellen: Coming Out and Disappearing
Valerie V. Peterson

14 Sealed with a Kiss: Heteronormative Narrative Strategies in NBC’s Will & Grace
Denis M. Provencher

15 Poofs—Cheesy and Other: Identity Politics as Commodity in South Park
Karen Anijar, Hsueh-hua Vivian Chen, and Thomas E. Walker

PART SIX
WORK AND SOCIAL CLASS

16 Women, Love, and Work: The Doris Day Show as Cultural Dialogue
Phyllis Scrocco Zrzavy

17 Liberated Women and New Sensitive Men: Reconstructing Gender in the 1970s Workplace Comedies
Judy Kutulas

18 “Who’s in Charge Here?”: Views of Media Ownership in Situation Comedies
Paul R. Kohl

PART SEVEN
IMPLICATIONS OF IDEOLOGY

19 Sex and the Sitcom: Gender and Genre in Millennial Television
Christine Scodari

20 Cheers: Searching for the Ideal Public Sphere in the Ideal Public House
Robert S. Brown

21 “It’s Just a Bunch of Stuff That Happened”: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Postmodern Comedy
H. Peter Steeves

Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index


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