The Emergence of ‘Affect’ in Contemporary TV Fictions

  • Robin Nelson


This chapter follows up the opportunity for fresh applications of thinking afforded by the symposium at Universidad de Navarra, entitled ‘Identity and Emotions in Contemporary TV Series’.1 As Ana Marta González remarks, ‘media culture has become a powerful agent of emotional socialization, fostering a new kind of self whose relationship with real life seems to be mediated by narratives and fictional characters to a greater degree’ (7). The aim here is to mark a distinctive viewing experience in respect of those long-form serial TV fictions which are central to Jason Mittell’s concept of ‘complex TV’ (2012–13), a new mode of TV textuality. To bring out the complexity of the engagement, imbricating thought within emotion, poses some methodological challenges.


Scenic Dynamic Television Study Film Study Interactive Engagement Live Theatre 
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