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Appreciating the Art of Television

A Philosophical Perspective, 1st Edition

By Ted Nannicelli


228 pages

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Contemporary television has been marked by such exceptional programming that it is now common to hear claims that TV has finally become an art. In Appreciating the Art of Television, Nannicelli contends that televisual art is not a recent development, but has in fact existed for a long time. Yet despite the flourishing of two relevant academic subfields—the philosophy of film and television aesthetics—there is little scholarship on television, in general, as an art form. This book aims to provide scholars active in television aesthetics with a critical overview of the relevant philosophical literature, while also giving philosophers of film a particular account of the art of television that will hopefully spur further interest and debate. It offers the first sustained theoretical examination of what is involved in appreciating television as an art and how this bears on the practical business of television scholars, critics, students, and fans—namely the comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation of specific televisual artworks.

Table of Contents


1. Authorship and Agency

2. The Medium

3. Ontology

4. Interpretation I

5. Interpretation II

6. Evaluation

About the Author

Ted Nannicelli is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is the author of A Philosophy of the Screenplay (Routledge, 2013). He is co-editor, with Paul Taberham, of Cognitive Media Theory (Routledge, 2014), and associate editor of Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General
PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies