Contemporary Television Series: Narrative Structures and Audience Perception

Contemporary Television Series: Narrative Structures and Audience Perception proposes an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach of old concepts like fiction, reality and narrativity applied to actual worldwide television series. The authors that have contributed to this volume analyze the almost invisible barriers between fiction and reality in television series from different perspectives. The results of their studies are extremely interesting and revealing. The new perspectives offered by this volume will be of great interest to any scholar of European and international studies, because they bring to light new ideas, new methodologies and results that could be further developed. This volume allows readers to explore these unique insights, even if they are not senior researchers, and to easily digest the content, and also to acknowledge the impact of the viewing of television series on reality and on their own lives.

Valentina Marinescu is a PhD Reader at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work at Bucharest University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in media and society, and methods of researching mass communication. Her interests lie in media and communication studies, with a specific focus on East Asia. She has also published articles and book chapters on those subject matters. She was a fellow at the Academy of Korean Studies, Republic of Korea.

Silvia Branea, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Communication in the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences at the University of Bucharest, and Associate Researcher at the Laboratory “Sociology of Communication and Public Space”, at the Institute of Sociology of The Romanian Academy. Apart from her teaching and research activities, she has also collaborated with Radio Romania Cultural, the public radio broadcasting company. Her main areas of research are communication and globalization; the reception of TV series among youth; organizational sociology; and the analysis of online inter-ethnic forums. Her publications comprise author volumes (two single author books and two co-authored works), as well as studies published in both Romanian and international journals, including Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication, Journal of Community Positive Practices, and Journal of Media Research.

Bianca Mitu is a Lecturer at the University of Bucharest. She has a PhD in Communication Science, and was a Visiting Scholar at CAMRI, University of Westminster, Faculty of Arts, Media and Design, London, in 2011. Her research interests lie in media and communication studies, with a specific focus on political communication and television studies. She has an outstanding international scientific background, and has published in international journals from the UK, Italy, Germany and USA. She is an active member of important international scientific associations, including IAMCR, ECREA, and the UK Social Policy Association, and an active editorial board member of Journalism and Mass Communication Journal, Interpersona, and Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy.

"Contemporary Television Series might appear to be a typical collection of somewhat unrelated chapters on popular TV series. It provides, however, a fresh and insightful take on mostly fictional TV series from the western (and Turkish) part of TV land. [...] Contemporary Television Series pursues the theme of new TV programming with dignity and a sheer scale of not very well-known information on the TV industry and its reception, both by the public and academics. It describes and brings to light oft en forgotten or unknown, but nevertheless interesting, TV series and also deals with contemporary politics concerning the historical and social changes Europe along with the rest of the world are currently undergoing."

Jana Jedličková Palacký University Czech and Slovak Journal of Humanities: Theatralia et cinematographica (1/2017)

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ISBN: 1-4438-5986-9

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-5986-8

Release Date: 20th June 2014

Pages: 215

Price: £44.99