Series: Reading Contemporary Television

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Loving The L Word: The Complete Series in Focus by Dana A. Heller
Mad Men (Reading Contemporary Television) by Gary R. Edgerton
Makeover Television: Realities Remodelled (Reading Contemporary Television) by Dana Heller
New Dimensions of Doctor Who (Reading Contemporary Television) by Matt Hills
Nip/Tuck: Television That Gets Under Your Skin (Reading Contemporary Television) by Roz Kaveney
Quality TV: Contemporary American Television and Beyond (Reading Contemporary Television) by Janet McCabe
The Queer Politics of Television (Reading Contemporary Television) by Samuel A. Chambers
Reading 'Desperate Housewives': Beyond the White Picket Fence (Reading Contemporary Television) by Janet McCabe
Reading 24: TV against the Clock (Reading Contemporary Television) by Steven Peacock
Reading Angel: The TV Spin-off With a Soul (Reading Contemporary Television) by Stacey Abbott
Reading Asian Television Drama: Crossing Borders and Breaking Boundaries (Reading Contemporary Television) by Jeongmee Kim
Reading CSI: Crime TV Under the Microscope (Reading Contemporary Television) by Michael Allen
Reading Deadwood: A Western to Swear By (Reading Contemporary Television) by David Lavery
Reading Lost: Perspectives on a Hit Television Show (Reading Contemporary Television) by Roberta Pearson
Reading Sex and the City (Reading Contemporary Television) by Kim Akass
Reading Six Feet Under: TV to Die for (Reading Contemporary Television) by Kim Akass
Reading Stargate SG-1 (Reading Contemporary Television) by Stan Beeler
Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (Reading Contemporary Television) by Kim Akass
Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO (Reading Contemporary Television) by David Lavery
Reading the Vampire Slayer by Roz Kaveney
Third Wave Feminism and Television: Jane Puts It in a Box (Reading Contemporary Television) by Merri Lisa Johnson

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  5. Fighting The Forces: What's At Stake In Buffy The Vampire Slayer? by Rhonda V. Wilcox (2002)
  6. Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television by Elyce Rae Helford (2000)
  7. Six Feet Under: Better Living Through Death by Alan Ball (2003)
  8. Deadwood: Stories of the Black Hills by David Milch (2006)
  9. Approaching the Possible: The World of Stargate SG-1 by Jo Storm (2005)
  10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture and Philosophy) by James B. South (2003)
  11. Once Bitten: An Unofficial Guide to the World of Angel by Nikki Stafford (2004)
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  13. Hello, I'm Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity by Hal Niedzviecki (2004)
  14. Defining Women: Television and the Case of Cagney and Lacey by Julie D'Acci (1994)
  15. Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Rhonda V. Wilcox (2005)

Series description

The Reading Contemporary Television series aims to offer a varied, intellectually groundbreaking and often polemical response to what is happening in television today. This series is distinct in that it sets out to immediately comment upon the TV zeitgeist while providing an intellectual and creative platform for thinking differently and ingeniously writing about contemporary television culture. The books in the series seek to establish a critical space where new voices are heard and fresh perspectives offered. Innovation is encouraged and intellectual curiosity demanded.

Series editors: Kim Akass and Janet McCabe


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