This special issue of Critical Studies in Television explores the aesthetic meetings, counterpoints and clashes between television and other art forms. While considerable attention has recently been given to questions of media convergence in the age of ‘TV3’, little sustained work has focused on the distinct topic of aesthetic relationships between television and, for example, poetry, painting, music, dance, sculpture, or architecture. The issue also seeks to extend more prevalent comparative analysis of television and film, theatre, or the novel, developing a more precise vocabulary around terms such as ‘cinematic television’ and opening up adaptation studies in terms of aesthetic overlaps in style, structure, tone, and attitude.
Contributions are sought on the above matters and that may comprise, variously:
* Conceptual examinations of television aesthetics in terms of internal dynamics and/or external relationships with other arts
* Sustained critiques of the links between specific series, episodes, or television moments, and other arts
* Appraisals of television works that engage with artists or the arts in documentary or fictional form
* Explorations of criteria, categorisations and instances of ‘cinematic television’, ‘television poetics’, and ‘the television novel’
* Interpretative work on television as poetry, television as dance (or similar)
* Genre and aesthetic connections
Proposals are particularly welcome on television’s relationship with art forms other than the novel.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 1st December 2012