This site hosts the peer-to-peer review of the in-progress manuscript Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling by Jason Mittell (copyright 2012). The book proposal was posted in March 2011, with individual chapters released in serialized installments starting in Spring 2012 and ending in Summer 2013. The project is currently under
review contract with NYU Press, who has allowed me to post the pieces here for pre-publication and open-review. The draft manuscript with comments will continue to live online here, even after the book has been published. Note that many changes have been made to the book as a whole as chapters have been posted, including eliminating one chapter and renaming another; for the sake of maintaining an archive of the process, chapters will not change in this version, so internal references and the abstracts in the Introduction will not reflect the final product.
If you are citing this online version, please refer to it as: Jason Mittell, Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling, pre-publication edition (MediaCommons Press, 2012-13).
All chapters are now available to be read & discussed here, with a link for release notes about each chapter on my personal blog:
- Introduction – released 24 March, 2012; release notes
- Complexity in Context – released 24 March, 2012; release notes
- Authorship – release 4 May, 2012; release notes
- Beginnings – released 9 April, 2012; release notes
- Character – released 25 June, 2012; release notes
- Comprehension – released 3 August, 2012; release notes
- Evaluation – released 6 June, 2012; release notes
- Orienting Paratexts – released 20 April, 2012; release notes
- Serial Melodrama – released 11 May, 2013; release notes
- Transmedia Storytelling – released 21 May, 2012; release notes
- Ends – released 31 July, 2013; release notes
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Throughout this process, I invite readers to offer comments to constructively engage with my ideas and arguments by holding conversations in the margins of the text. Any such comments and conversations will be used to strengthen the text for its final revision. I encourage readers to post under their real names to make the conversation more personal and engaging – as a book trying to reach a broad audience, I welcome comments from non-academics and academics alike. See these directions on using CommentPress if you’re new to the platform.
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