Synopses & Reviews
Has political propaganda ever been effective? To what extent do African-American families interpret their favorite TV show differently from their white neighbors? Are romance novels and teenage magazines reactionary fantasies or do they provide women with an important space of their own?
"The Audience Studies Reader" brings together key writings exploring questions of reception and interpretation, reprinting forgotten pieces and combining key essays with new research. Beginning with a general introduction to the "Reader," each extract is placed in its historical context with specially written section prefaces and suggestions for further reading.
Organized chronologically and thematically, sections address: the paradigm shift--from "effects" to "uses and gratifications"; moral panic and censorship; the active audience and reading as resistance; shifts in screen theory --the spectator and the audience; the fan and the audience; gendering the audience; internet audiences, convergence andincreased levels of interactivity; and nation and ethnicity. The conclusion discusses the effects of Internet "overflow" and the increased level of interactivity it seems to offer.
"The Audience Studies Reader" provides a guide to historical approaches and suggests new ways of looking at the relationship between media texts and those who receive, consume and interpret them.
"The Audience Studies Reader" provides a guide to thinking about the audience, and suggests new ways of looking at the relationship between media texts and those who receive, consume and interpret them. Here are key writings and research exploring questions of reception and interpretation.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -344) and index.
Table of Contents
Women viewing violence /Philip Schlesinger, Rebecca Dobash, Russell Dobash, C. Kay Weaver --'Out of the closet and into the universe' : queers and Star Trek /Henry Jenkins --Beatlemania : girls just want to have fun /Barbara Ehrenreich, Elizabeth Hess, Gloria Jacobs --Histories, fictions and Xena : Warrior Princess /Sara Gwenllian-Jones --Suffering and solace : the genre of pain /Camille Bacon-Smith --Inside subculture : the postmodern meaning of style /David Muggleton --Reading the romance : women, patriarchy and popular literature /Janice Radway.