Canadian Television: Text and Context by Marian Bredin

By Marian Bredin

Canadian tv: textual content and Context explores the construction and circulate of leisure tv in Canada from the interdisciplinary viewpoint of tv reports. each one bankruptcy connects arguments approximately specific texts of Canadian tv to severe research of the broader cultural, social, and financial contexts within which they're created. The e-book surveys the industrial and technological imperatives of the Canadian tv undefined, the moving position of the CBC as Canada’s public broadcaster, the dynamics of Canada’s multicultural and multiracial audiences, and the functionality of television’s “star system.” Foreword via The Globe and Mail’s tv critic, John Doyle.

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In her chapter, Michele Byers interrogates a number of TV series that produce narratives about Canadian youth. ” Questions about national narratives and identity are central to Derek S. Foster’s consideration of the influence of American reality television in Canada. Focusing on the controversial CBC simulcast of a short-lived music reality series The One, Foster explores public debate about the show that circulated within the Canadian cultural scene and raises important questions about Canadians’ relationship to what appears on their television screens.

Every lecture of that first-year course except the last one was on American literature. In the last class the professor lectured on four poets, ten minutes per poet, ending with Bliss Carman, basically to the effect that it snows a lot in Canada. Irving Layton, PK Page, Margaret Avison, Leonard Cohen, all writing at that time, were not mentioned. As honours English students we discovered that we were not permitted to enrol in the pass course in Canadian literature and we were too busy to audit it.

It would be helpful if other academic researchers got permissions and deposited tapes of their interviews at LAC. In fifty or a hundred years, what did not make it into the thesis or paper or book could be as useful as what did. However, the contemporary researcher has a wealth of Internet resources that were unavailable in the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s. The most useful general source, and one which has remarkably few errors, is The Directory of CBC Television Series 1952–82,16 which covers the full range of CBC programming in considerable detail and is quite easy to use.

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