Time, Technology and Narrative Form in Contemporary US Television Drama

Pause, Rewind, Record

Authors: Kelly, JP

  • Offers a unique and detailed account of new narrative temporalities in television drama by adopting a model of “industrial poetics”
  • Argues that the emergence of new narrative temporalities means that TV drama should be approached through the lens of narrative time
  • Examines a wide range of narrative temporalities and key texts, including real-time (24), acceleration (Prison Break), non-linear time (Lost), prolepsis (FlashForward), and slowness and retrospection (Mad Men, Rubicon)
  • Situates US television programmes in a transnational context, and examines contemporary narrative form and the temporal regimes of an increasingly global industry
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This book examines how television has been transformed over the past twenty years by the introduction of new viewing technologies including DVDs, DVRs and streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. It shows that these platforms have profoundly altered the ways we access and watch television, enabling viewers to pause, rewind, record and archive the once irreversible flow of broadcast TV. JP Kelly argues that changes in the technological landscape of television has encouraged the production of narrative forms that both explore and embody new industrial temporalities. Focusing on US television but also considering the role of TV within a global marketplace, the author identifies three distinct narrative temporalities: “acceleration” (24Prison Break), “complexity” (LostFlashForward), and “retrospection” (Mad Men).  Through industrial-textual analysis of television shows, this cross-disciplinary study locates these narrative temporalities in their socio-cultural contexts and examines connections between production, distribution, and narrative form in the contemporary television industry.

About the authors

JP Kelly is Lecturer in Television and Digital Media at Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK. He has published original research and reviews in The Conversation, CST Online, The Journal of Popular Communication, The Journal of American Studies and Convergence.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kelly, JP

    Pages 1-20

  • A (Very) Brief History of Time: From Analogue to Digital

    Kelly, JP

    Pages 23-52

  • The Temporal Regimes of TVIII: From Broadcasting to Streaming

    Kelly, JP

    Pages 53-93

  • In the ‘Perpetual Now’: Split-Screens, Simultaneity and Seriality

    Kelly, JP

    Pages 97-126

  • A Stretch of Time: Extended Distribution and Narrative Accumulation

    Kelly, JP

    Pages 127-148

Buy this book

eBook £56.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63118-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63117-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Time, Technology and Narrative Form in Contemporary US Television Drama
Book Subtitle
Pause, Rewind, Record
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63118-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63118-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63117-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 279
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 illustrations in colour
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