Emotions in Contemporary TV Series

  • Alberto N. García

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Alberto N. García
      Pages 1-10
  3. Theoretical and General Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Alejandro García Martínez, Ana Marta González
      Pages 13-25
  4. Collective Identities and Emotions

  5. Genre and Emotions

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-253

About this book


This book examines the role of emotions in contemporary TV series. Over the past 20 years, TV fiction has become one of the most powerful and influential trends in popular culture. Shows such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Lost and The Wire have created a vigorous televisual landscape where innovations in narrative form, aesthetic engagement and ethical concerns have raised TV entertainment to new heights. What makes this volume unique is its interdisciplinary approach, as the series are analysed from the perspective of Television Studies, Literature, Sociology, Philosophy and Media Studies. Key concepts developed include the relation between moral emotion and character identification, how serial narrative builds into 'affective moments' as a distinctive mode of aesthetic experience, the politics of emotion in collective identities, the intersection of gender and emotions, and how popular genres such as terror films, the thriller and science fiction manage the 'emotional turn' that postmodernism has made visible.


Television Mad Men Breaking Bad Collective identity Antiheroes Affect Serial Narrative TV Horror Fear Distrust The Walking Dead Nordic Noir Nostalgia Science fiction Psychotherapy Emotion and Gender media studies cultural studies emotion film identity media television

Editors and affiliations

  • Alberto N. García
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NavarraSpain

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