Fall 2022

Television Narratives

Listed in: English, as ENGL-283  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-234


Amelie E. Hastie (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 283 and FAMS 234) What stories does television tell? And how does it tell them? This course will approach television’s narratives through a focus on both form and content. We will take into account issues of production, distribution, and exhibition, with attention both to historical developments and contemporary transformations to the medium. In this way, we will explore how shifts in programming, platforms, and viewing habits alter both televisual narration and consumption. By considering television’s specific form–whether commercial networks, cable TV, or subscription platforms like Netflix and Hulu–we will query how this specific media format enables or limits the ways it tells stories and what stories it tells. Each iteration of this course will focus on particular forms of narrative programming, through an emphasis on genre, format, historical eras, or cultural facets. Readings will include key critical works in Television Studies, essays on particular television series, and other works that situate television texts in a broader cultural framework and history. The goal of the course is to think through narrative form, representational systems, authorship, exhibition, and reception habits in order to define not just what television narrative is but also what it can be.

The focus of the course for Fall 2022 will be on “seriality.” We will begin by grounding our study in examples from the broadcast era. We will then shift to an exploration of contemporary serials, particularly in the context of digital platforms and the experience of streaming. 

Limited to 45 students. Fall semester. Professor Hastie.

How to handle overenrollment: Professor will consider opening the cap and lessening writing assignments in order to accommodate more students.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings

ENGL 283 - LEC

Section 01
M 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM FAYE 115
W 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM FAYE 115


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2021, Fall 2022