ENGL-269 Television & American Society
Fall for 2011-2012
This course examines the history of television and its complex relationship to American culture and society. As a source of information, a purveyor of entertainment, and a tool of socialization, television had a profound impact on almost every aspect of 20th century American life. Over the past decade, new technologies and media convergence have done little to erode its significance. Our investigation of the medium will begin with television’s origins in radio and trace its aesthetic and economic development over the past half-century. It will cover a range of topics from broadcast regulation to identity politics. Through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, we will consider how television shapes and is shaped by our national preoccupations.
Prerequisites: Any one of the following courses: ENGL 040, 041, 042, or 043; CULP 043, 044, or 045; CPLT 043; GERM 042 or 043; IDST 003: FREN 043; RUSS 043
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