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Time in Television Narrative – Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First-Century Programming - University Press of Mississippi
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Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First-Century Programming

Melissa Ames


This collection analyzes twenty-first-century American television programs that rely upon temporal and narrative experimentation. These shows play with time, slowing it down to unfold the narrative through time retardation and compression. They disrupt the chronological flow of time itself, using flashbacks and insisting that viewers be able to situate themselves in both the present and the past narrative threads. Although temporal play existed on the small screen prior to the new millennium, never before has narrative time been so freely adapted in mainstream television. The essayists offer e ... More

Keywords: American television programs, narrative experimentation, time retardation, flashbacks, temporal play, narrative time, mainstream television, postmodernity, narratology, quantum physics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617032936
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032936.001.0001


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Melissa Ames, editor

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Time In Television Narrative


Melissa Ames

Part I Promoting the Future of Experimental TV

3 “It’s Not Unknown”

Jordan Lavender-Smith

4 Zero-Degree Seriality

Norman M. Gendelman

Part II Historicizing the Moment

8 Lost in Our Middle Hour

Sarah Himsel Burcon

Part III The Functions of Time

10 “Did You Get Pears?”

Gry C. Rustad, and Timotheus Vermeulen

12 Freaks of Time

Frida Beckman

13 The Discourse of Medium

Kristi Mcduffie

Part IV Moving Beyond the Televisual Restraints of the Past

14 Making Sense of the Future

Casey J. Mccormick

Part V Playing Outside of the Box

21 Lost in Time?

Lucy Bennett

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