This study of the American television situation comedy combines historical analysis (beginning with the emergence of television and the development of the "sitcom") with interpretation and criticism. The book is one of a series which concentrates on studies devoted to various forms of contemporary culture with emphasis on media texts, audiences, and institutions, aiming to create a fruitful dialogue between recent strains of feminist, semiotic and marxist culutral study and older forms of humanistic and soical-scientific scholarship. Communication is conceived as a complex, ritualized experience in which meaning or significance is constituted by an intricate, contested collaboration among institutional, ideological and cultural forces.
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"A new edition of David Marc′s Comic Visions is grounds for rejoicing. His historical survey of TV comedy remains unrivalled, and new material on the cable era will be more than welcome." Francis Couvares, Amherst College.
"David Marc′s Comic Visions is the outstanding book of its type: social and cultural analysis of the most popular and important comedic forms of television." Chad Gordon, Rice University.
"Recommended for all academic and large public libraries; all levels." A. Hirsh, emeritus, Central Conneticut State University.From the Back Cover:
Comic Visions, Second Edition is an update of the most influential critical history written on the evolution of American television comedy. In his witty, lucid, and insightful style, David Marc skilfully combines historical research with cultural analysis to provide an immensely readable study of television comedy as a reflection of the diversity and richness in American society.
Marc examines the roots of television comedy beginning with the influence of Vaudeville, cinema and radio on the variety shows and sitcoms of the 1940′s and 1950′s. He then moves into television′s response to the turbulent 1960′s and the great expansion of situational comedy popular in the 1970′s. A completely new chapter looks at recent developments such as Comedy Central and the proliferation of stand–up comedy and also includes an engaging analysis of why shows like Seinfeld and The Simpsons are such major hits in the 1990s.
Foreword by Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
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Book Description Unwiin Hyman. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, LIKE NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 1st Edition, 272 pages. Music, Stage & Screen, Television, Television Comedy and American Culture. book. Bookseller Inventory # 446