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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • CMS.995 (Spring 2008) 
  • Course Title:
  • American Soap Operas 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate / Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Comparative Media Studies 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Sam Ford 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • CMS.603 / CMS.995 American Soap Operas



    Spring 2008




    Course Highlights




    CMS.603 / CMS.995 American Soap Operas



    Spring 2008


    A hand turns on a small vintage television set.
    Tuning into soap operas has become a daily ritual for television watchers around the world. (Image courtesy of flickr user the jof.)


    Course Description


    The television landscape has changed drastically in the past few years; nowhere is this more prevalent than in the American daytime serial drama, one of the oldest forms of television content. This class examines the history of these "soap operas" and their audiences by focusing on the production, consumption, and media texts of soaps. The class will include discussions of what makes soap operas a unique form, the history of the genre, current experimentation with transmedia storytelling, the online fan community, and comparisons between daytime dramas and primetime serials from 24 to Friday Night Lights, through a study of Procter & Gamble's As the World Turns.
     

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