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The Dynasty Years : Hollywood Television and Critical Media Studies - Jostein Gripsrud

The Dynasty Years

Hollywood Television and Critical Media Studies

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In this groundbreaking and richly-sourced study, Jostein Gripsrud investigates the life and times of "Dynasty," how it was made, how it came to international television screens and how it was received by its audiences. Through his discussion of this ultimate soap, Gripsrud offers a critique of many central positions in media studies, including notions of "audience resistance" and the "sovereign" audience and its "freedom" in meaning-making, arguing against uncritical celebrations of the soap-opera genre in much contemporary media criticism.
From the operatic camp of Krystle and Alexis's fights or the Moldavian wedding massacre to its unprecedented gay sub-plot, "The Dynasty Years" follows every convoluted twist in the soap that achieved international success and heralded a profound transformation of European television. Combining insights from semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism, and classic and critical social theory, Gripsrud presents a theoretically informed and empirically grounded study challenging many of the current assumptions in the field of media studies.

"One of the most sensible books I have read about the meanings and demeaning of television ... a clear-headed analysis of the Dynasty phenomenon. Gripsrud's reflections on the static and wistful academic celebrations of American television are sorely needed.." -Todd Gitlin, University of California, Berkeley "Jostein Gripsrud's study of "Dynasty provides an original perspecitive on the processes and consequences of one of the main themes of our era -- the internationalization of popular culture.." -Nick Browne, University of California, Los Angeles

Prefacep. xi
Introduction Signalling a Positionp. 1
Hollywood Speaksp. 21
'the Cultural Debate of the Ages'p. 71
Dimensions of Domestic Receptionp. 107
Reconsidering (Prime-Time) Soap Operap. 163
The Not So 'Polysemic' Dynasty Textp. 199
The Social Meanings of Soap Opera and the Dynasty Eventp. 242
Appendixp. 263
Bibliographyp. 297
Indexp. 308
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ISBN: 9780415085991
ISBN-10: 0415085993
Series: Comedia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 2nd March 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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