New Television: The Aesthetics And Politics Of A Genre by Martin ShusterNew Television: The Aesthetics And Politics Of A Genre by Martin Shuster

New Television: The Aesthetics And Politics Of A Genre

byMartin Shuster

Hardcover | November 24, 2017

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Even though it’s frequently asserted that we are living in a golden age of scripted television, television as a medium is still not taken seriously as an artistic art form, nor has the stigma of television as “chewing gum for the mind” really disappeared.
Philosopher Martin Shuster argues that television is the modern art form, full of promise and urgency, and in New Television, he offers a strong philosophical justification for its importance. Through careful analysis of shows including The Wire, Justified, and Weeds, among others; and European and Anglophone philosophers, such as Stanley Cavell, Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, and John Rawls; Shuster reveals how various contemporary television series engage deeply with aesthetic and philosophical issues in modernism and modernity. What unifies the aesthetic and philosophical ambitions of new television is a commitment to portraying and exploring the family as the last site of political possibility in a world otherwise bereft of any other sources of traditional authority; consequently, at the heart of new television are profound political stakes.
Martin Shuster is assistant professor and chair of Judaic Studies in the Center for Geographies of Justice at Goucher College. In addition to many articles, he is the author of Autonomy after Auschwitz: Adorno, German Idealism, and Modernity, also published by the University of Chicago Press.  
Title:New Television: The Aesthetics And Politics Of A GenreFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 24, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022650381X

ISBN - 13:9780226503813

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Part 1
1. Worlds on Screen: The Ontology of Television Series and/as the Ontology of Film
2. Storytelling and Worldhood: The Screen and Us

Part 2
3. “This America, Man”: Tragic Reconciliation, Television, and The Wire
4. The Gangster, Boredom, and Family: Weeds, Natality, and New Television
5. “Boyd and I Dug Coal Together”: Justified, Moral Perfectionism, and the United States of America



Editorial Reviews

“Shuster’s use of Stanley Cavell’s work on film to discuss the ontology of television is novel, and extends Cavell’s thought into a new area. Readers concerned with the issue of the new ‘quality’ television will find much of use in this book to help them think through why such shows have the power they do and how they lead the viewer to a new self-knowledge.”