Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television by Jason Mittell

By Jason Mittell

Over the previous twenty years, new applied sciences, altering viewer practices, and the proliferation of genres and channels has remodeled American tv. some of the most remarkable affects of those shifts is the emergence of hugely complicated and intricate kinds of serial narrative, leading to a powerful interval of formal experimentation and dicy programming infrequently noticeable in a medium that's commonly considered as formulaic and conference bound. 


Complex TV bargains a sustained research of the poetics of tv narrative, targeting how storytelling has replaced lately and the way audience make feel of those recommendations. via shut analyses of key courses, together with The cord, misplaced, Breaking undesirable, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, lessen Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men the booklet lines the emergence of this narrative mode, concentrating on concerns resembling viewer comprehension, transmedia storytelling, serial authorship, personality switch, and cultural evaluate. constructing a television-specific set of narrative theories, Complex TV argues that tv is the main very important and critical storytelling medium of our time.

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