Exhausted and exhausting: television studies and British soap opera

Geraghty, C. (2010) Exhausted and exhausting: television studies and British soap opera. Critical Studies in Television, 5(1), pp. 82-96.

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This article responds to recent shifts in television studies and argues that those developments have resulted in the invisibility of the most popular form of British programming, the soap opera. Through analysing existing work on soaps it demonstrates that a critical orthodoxy has arisen, which stifles further analysis of the genre. Drawing on a range of possible approaches - including realism, melodrama, textual analysis and the role of the family - it is argued that the genre requires a reappraisal which not only takes into account its generic development but which also acknowledges the complexity of it as a aspect of television culture.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Soap opera, television studies, text books, methods, value
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Geraghty, Professor Christine
Authors: Geraghty, C.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Critical Studies in Television
Publisher:Manchester University Press
ISSN (Online):1749-6039
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 Manchester University Press
First Published:First published in Critical Studies in Television 5(1):82-96
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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