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The Audience Studies Reader


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Has political propaganda ever been effective? To what extent do African-American families interpret their favourite TV show differently from their white neighbours? Are romance novels and teenage magazines reactionary fantasies or do they provide women with an important space of their own? The Audience Studies Reader brings together key writings exploring questions of reception and interpretation, reprinting forgotten pieces and combining key essays with new research. Beginning with a general introduction to the Reader, each extract is placed in its historical context with specially written section prefaces and suggestions for further reading. With essays from leading scholars such as Theodor Adorno, Michel de Certeau, John Fiske, Richard Hoggart, Angela McRobbie, Laura Mulvey and Janice Radway, sections address: the paradigm shift - from 'effects' to 'uses and gratifications'; moral panic and censorship; the active audience and reading as resistance; shifts in screen theory - the spectator and the audience; the fan and the audience; female audiences; nation and ethnicity. The conclusion discusses the effects of Internet 'overflow' and the increased level of interactivity. The Audience Studies Reader provides a guide to thinking about the audience, and suggests new ways of looking at the relationship between media texts and those who receive, consume and interpret them. Theodor Adorno; Ien Ang; Camille Bacon-Smith; Jacqueline Bobo; Martin Barker; Michel de Certeau; Dawn Currie; Barbara Ehrenreich; John Fiske
Release date NZ
October 17th, 2002
Edited by Deborah Jermyn Edited by Will Brooker
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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