Writing for the Medium

Television in Transition

Thomas Elsaesser, Jan Simons, and Lucette Bronk

Writing for the Medium
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Thomas Elsaesser, Jan Simons, and Lucette Bronk

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

211 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1994
Paper $39.50 ISBN: 9789053560549 Published June 1994 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This collection of essays, by well known writers on the subject of writing for television, is divided into three sections, with the first one devoted to the debates on quality television. The second one focuses on literature and television. The final section examines 'Science on television', with series editors from Britain and Germany giving first-hand accounts of the scope for serious science reporting on television.

General Introduction, Thomas Elsaesser
Part 1 - Quality Television
Introduction, Thomas Elsaesser
Television in the Age of Consensus without Sense, Lutz Hachmeister
'Quality' Television, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
Quality Television in the Netherlands: Some Hopeful Reflections on Breaking the Taboo, Sonja de Leeuw
On the Quality of Soap, Olga Madsen
Zapping One's Way into Quality: Arts Programmes on TV, Thomas Elsaesser
Definitions of Quality, Jon Cook and Thomas Elsaesser
Questionalbe Quality or the Undiscoverable Quality of Television, Jan Simons
Part 2 - Literature on Television
Introduction, Thomas Elsaesser
The Novelist and Television Drama, Malcolm Bradbury
On Achieving Good Television, Fay Weldon
Speaking to Nations, Alan Plater
Television and Literature, Jon Cook
Literature after Television: Author, Authority, Authenticity, Thomas Elsaesser
Unwritable Films, Unfilmable Texts? Jan Simons
Part 3 - Science on Television
Introduction, Jan Simons
Gee-Wizards of the Box, Thomas Elsaesser
Science on Television, Aart Gisolf
On Being God and Darwin, Graham Creelman
Citizen Scientist or a Dinosaur for All Seasons, Jana Bennett
Science and Technology on TV: Four European Countries Compared, Jaap Willems
Selected Bibliography
The Contributors
The Editors
Film Culture in Transition: on the series
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