• Steering the Author Discourse: The Construction of Authorship in Quality TV, and the Case of Game of Thrones

    Author(s):
    Tobias Steiner (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Television Studies
    Subject(s):
    Television
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Game of Thrones, Quality TV, Television Studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6110S
    Abstract:
    This essay examines how authorship is discursively constructed and employed as an indicator of quality in the marketing of US cable network HBO’s TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. It relates the authorial concept of literary studies to that in the visual media and analyses mise-en-scène and narrative structure of the show pilot in order to detect markers of an authorial voice within the text. Subsequently, it turns to a selection of paratexts – critical reviews, producers’ commentaries and special features of the show’s DVD box set – to show how the team of producers help manufacture and promote the presence of a showrunner-auteur collective in order to foster a perception of this text as a ‘quality TV’ narrative.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.6092/issn.2421-454X/5903
    Journal:
    SERIES - International Journal of TV Serial Narratives
    Volume:
    1
    Start Page:
    181
    End Page:
    192
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 month ago
    License:
    Attribution

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