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Comm 404: Television and the Digital Age: TV Studies Resources

Suggested resources for Professor Katherine Sender's fall 2016 course. Helpful for those studying television, new media, digital media, and looking for both primary sources as well as secondary literature on these topics.

Reference sources and background info

Books on television studies

 Use Mirlyn, the library catalog, to find books on television studies. You can limit to searching the "subject" field to find books with television-specific subject headings.  Some subject headings that might be useful:

  • "television broadcasting"
  • "television broadcasting -- social aspects"
  • "television viewing"
  • "motion pictures and television"
  • "television programs"
  • "reality television programs"


Selected titles from supplementary readings:

Cable Guys (Lotz, 2014)

Complex TV (Mittell, 2014)

Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (Jenkins, 2006) also have print copies

Critical Studies in Television (2006)

Critical Ideas in Television Studies (Corner, 1999)

Essential HBO Reader (2008)

Fear of a Queer Planet (Warner, 1993)

Imagined Communities (Anderson, multiple editions available)

Legitimating Television (Newman, 2012)

Logics of Television: Essays in Cultural Criticism (Mellancamp, ed., 1990)

Media Independence (Bennett & Strange, eds., 2015)

Politics of Reality Television (Kraidy & Sender, 2011)

Reality Squared: Televised Discourse on the Real (Friedman, 2002)

Routledge Companion to Media and Gender (2014) also have print

Seeing Things: Television in the Age of Uncertainty (Ellis, 2000)

Television After TV (Spigel & Olsson, eds., 2004) 

Television Studies After TV (Turner & Jinna, eds., 2009) 

Television: Technology & Cultural Form (Williams, 2003 ed, Routledge classics)

The Audience in Everyday Life (Bird, 2003)

The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences (Sender, 2012) also have print copies

The Television Will Be Revolutionized (Lotz, 2007)

TV FAQ (Ellis, 2007)

Visible Fictions: Cinema, Television, Video (Ellis, 1992) also have print copies


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Resources on television studies

Use the resources below to find books, articles and other materials on television studies. You may want background material on research methods used, such as textual analysis, or media studies theories and concepts. Specific books and articles may focus on different types of television programs, particular demographic groups or audiences, or television within the world of cultural studies.