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Television and Women's History through the Lens of Soap Operas

Media critic Elana Levine's Her Stories explores television history and the conflicts of generation, gender, and race in the heyday of "women's" soap operas.

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Scholar Mel Stanfill's 'Exploiting Fandom' Takes on Big Business and Media Manipulation

Exploiting Fandom brings together mainstream sports fandoms and speculative media fandoms, often finding strong correlations between the two.

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'On Press' Shows That Journalism Has Survived Tough Times Before

Matthew Pressman's engaging, historical dive into the fourth estate, On Press, looks at the forces that contributed to the decline of news in print, gave rise to interpretive reporting, and the new challenges and advantages available to news reporters and consumers today.

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'Struggling for Ordinary' in the Everydayness of Transgender Life

In light of disempowering messages, how do people find ways to empower themselves?

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'The Hatred of Literature' Will Deeply Satisfy Lovers of Literature

This is a deep dive into the history of literature and the murky threats it's faced that have only served to make it stronger.

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'The Art of Confession' Ties Together Threads of Performance

Scholar Christopher Grobe crafts a series of individually satisfying case studies, then shows the strong threads between confessional poetry, performance art, and reality television, with stops along the way.

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The Walkman Is Dead, Long Live the Walkman

Personal Stereo explores novelty, norm, and nostalgia.

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On Expanding Our Field of Vision: '3D Cinema and Beyond'

The best essays here simultaneously engage with like-minded scholars and inform casual readers of 3D’s importance in filmmaking.

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The Wow Climax by Henry Jenkins

Jenkins is writing about things that make him go "wow," but he needs to remember his readers won't always feel the same way.

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