References for the Study of Television

(with web page links)

Primary Recommendations:


Ang, Ien. Watching Dallas: Soap Opera and the Melodramatic Imagination. London: Methuen, 1985.

Ellis, John. Visible Fictions. London, 1983.

Ellul, Jacques. The Technological Society. New York: Vintage, 1964.

Fairclough, Norman. Critical Discourse Analysis. London: Longman, 1995.

Fiske, John & Hartley, John. Reading Television. London, 1978.

Fiske, John. Television Culture. Routledge, 1987.

Hall, Stuart. “Coding and Encoding in the Television Discourse.” Stuart Hall et al., eds. Culture, Media, Language. London: Hutchinson, 1980. 197-208.

---. “Culture, the Media and Ideological Effect.” J. Curran et al., eds. Mass Communication and Society. London: Edward Arnold, 1977.

Hartley, John. Tele-ology: Studies in Television. Routledge, 1993.

Hodge and Trip. Children and Television. Cambridge: Polity, 1986.

Mellencamp, Patricia, ed.  Logics of Television. Indiana: IUP, 1990.

Morley, David. The “Nationwide” Audience. London: BFI, 1980.

Selby, K and R. Cowdery. How to Study Television. Houndmills: Macmillan, 1995.

Tulloch, John. Television Drama: Agency, Audience and Myth. London: Routledge, 1990.

Williams, Raymond. Television, Technology and Cultural Form. London: Fontana, 1974.

Williamson, Judith. Decoding Adverts: Ideology and Meaning in Advertising. London: Marion Boyers, 1978.


Secondary Recommendations:


Adorno, T. The Culture Industry. London: Routledge, 1991.

Bennett, Tony et al, eds. Popular Television & Film. London: BFI, 1981.

Bennett, Tony, ed. Popular Fiction: Technology, Ideology, Production, Reading. London: Routledge, 1990.

Blanchard, Simon & Morley, David, eds. What's this Channel Four? London, 1982.

Carey, J., ed. Media, Myths, and Narratives: Television and the Press. London: Sage, 1988.

Curran, J. & Seaton, J. Power Without Responsibility. 4th ed. London: Routledge, 1991.

Fiske, J. & Hartley, J.  Reading Television. London: Routledge, 1978.

Gray, A. and J. McGuigan, eds. Studying Culture: An Introductory Reader. London: Edward Arnold, 1993.

Gurevitch, M. et al, eds. Culture, Society and the Media. London: Routledge, 1982.

Hebdige, D. Subculture: The Meaning of Style. London: Routledge, 1982.

Livingstone, Sonia M. Talk on Television. London: Routledge, 1993.

Masterman, Len, ed. Television Mythologies: Stars, Shows & Signs. London: Macmillan, 1984.

McQuail, D. Mass Communication Theory: An Introduction. 3rd ed. London: Sage, 1994.

Mulvey, L. Visual & Other Pleasures. London: Macmillan, 1989.

Neale, Steve and Krutnik, Frank.  Popular Film and Television Comedy.  London: Macmillan, 1990.

Philo, Greg. Seeing and Believing: The Influence of Television. London: Routledge, 1990.



Web Page Links


*  TV History

*  TV: Re-Situating the Popular in the People,” an article by John Fiske

*  The Popular Culture Site

*  University of Berkeley’s “Pop Culture” database

*  MCS: Daniel Chandler’s Media and Communication Studies Site.  The “television studies page” has a host of useful links to recent work about television.