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The primary purpose of Emotional Expressionism: Television Serialization, The Melodramatic Mode, and Socioemotionality is to explore the forms, functions, and nuances of emotions in popular, mediated narratives. Clearly, emotions constitute a key means by which audiences experience and make sense of narrative media, in that mediated stories make compelling arguments or take up resonant positions through their emotional methods and meanings. The value of developing an emotional template for screen media lies in generating new analytical and interpretative approaches to narrative aesthetics, especially in terms of their pains and pleasures. As this study seeks to demonstrate, emotional analysis opens up a wealth of alternative ways to interpret aesthetic works, the audiences who attend to them, and the cultural contexts in which narratives and those who engage with them meet in order to co-exist, collide, or otherwise make contact.

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Emotional Expressionism: Television Serialization, the Melodramatic Mode, and Socioemotionality

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Lexington Books (part of Rowman & Littlefield)

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First Edition



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Permission was received via email on 3/20/2024 to post the Introduction to the book from Jesse Tepper (she/her), Acquisitions Editor, Communication & Media Studies, Film & Television Studies, Lexington Books.