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Star Trek and American Television

Pearson, Roberta and Messenger Davies, Máire (2014) Star Trek and American Television. University of California Press. Berkeley, Los Angeles, California; London, UK. 239 pp ISBN 978-0-520-27622-2 [Book (authored)]

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Abstract

Focusing on Star Trek as "a television show", to quote William Shatner (Captain Kirk) in an interview with the authors, the authors argue that the program ought to be seen in the context of the changing economic conditions of American television throughout the more than four decades of Star Trek's existence. The book investigates the show from three perspectives: first, the context of production, the history and economics of the series; second, the interrelationships between production workers, drawing on unique interviews with actors, producers and craftworkers; third, it analyses textually, the "story world" and approach to character in Trek as a TV drama. It has a foreword by Sir Patrick Stewart, Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Item Type:Book (authored)
Keywords:Star Trek; television; American television; production studies; creative industries; creativity
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Media, Film & Journalism
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:29702
Deposited By: Professor Maire Messenger Davies
Deposited On:01 Jul 2014 12:06
Last Modified:01 Jul 2014 12:06

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