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Critiquing the Sitcom
Author: Joanne Morreale

ISBN: 9780815629832
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 31 December 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24 x 1.91
Choice essays on the TV sitcom lend insights into shifting cultural modes and methods for television criticism.

This is the first anthology to present writings that examine the TV sitcom in terms of its treatment of gender, family, class, race, and ethnic issues. The selections range from early shows such as I Remember Mama (George Lipsitz's "Why Remember Mama?" The Changing Face of a Woman's Narrative) to the more recent Roseanne (Kathleen Rowe's "Roseanne: Unruly Woman as Domestic Goddess"). The volume also looks unflinchingly at major controversies, for example, the NAACP boycott of the stereotypical yet wildly popular Amos n' Andy and the queer reading of Laverne and Shirley.

These diverse essays constitute a veritable history of postwar American mores. Some are classic, some forgotten, but all indicate the importance of considering text and subtext (social, historic, industrial) in the critical study of television. A final chapter by the author bids sitcoms adieu with the "cultural spectacle of Seinfeld's last episode."

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