© 2016

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

About the editors

Alberto N. García is Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Navarra, Spain. He has been Visiting Scholar at Fordham University, USA and Visiting Professor at the University of Stirling, UK, George Washington University, USA, and Universidad de los Andes, Chile. He has published his work in journals such as Post Script, Comunicación y Sociedad, Zer and Analisi. He is co-editor of Landscapes of the Self. The Cinema of Ross McElwee (2007), and author of El cine de no-ficción en Martín Patino (2008).

Bibliographic information


“I have engaged intensively in the study of television series but my main interest is with reception studies and the related empirical research. Having said that, I find media studies’ way of grounding theoretical development in contemporary popular culture very compelling. It is a persuasive way of adapting Haraway’s claim that all knowledge is historically contingent rather than universal … . And Emotions in Contemporary TV Series does exactly that. Thus, it is very instructive for scholars and aficionados alike.” (Daniela Schlütz, Projections, Vol. 15 (1), 2021)