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Exploring their stylistic, aesthetic and thematic impact, Jason Jacobs argues the aim of new TV medical dramas is to disturb rather than reassure. Exploring their stylistic, aesthetic and thematic impact, Jason Jacobs argues the aim of new TV medical dramas is to disturb rather than reassure.

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A staple item in TV schedules the world over, the likes of ER, Casualty, Chicago Hope and Gideon's Crossing have never been more popular. This book explores the stylistic, aesthetic and thematic impact of one of the most popular and successful genres of the past decade. It argues that new medical dramas offer a very different visual and affective landscape from their predecessors, often seeking to disturb rather than reassure their audiences. Such dramas are visually mobile, speedy and explicit in their depiction of body trauma: injury and illness are showcased as part of the televisual style. The medical professional is now frequently depicted as a banjaxed existentialist, forced to confront insipid new management cultures, ethical labyrinths and noxious patients that invade the white purity of the medical ward and emergency room. The book traces the historical development of new medical drama and explores the implications of __ and anxieties within __ their depiction of modern healthcare. Finally, the book argues that there are parallels between the cultural fascination with the body as either sick or perfected and the attractions of a genre that seems to revel in the juxtaposition of morbidity and glamour. A staple item in TV schedules the world over, the likes of ER, Casualty, Chicago Hope and Gideon's Crossing have never been more popular. This book explores the stylistic, aesthetic and thematic impact of one of the most popular and successful genres of the past decade. It argues that new medical dramas offer a very different visual and affective landscape from their predecessors, often seeking to disturb rather than reassure their audiences. Such dramas are visually mobile, speedy and explicit in their depiction of body trauma: injury and illness are showcased as part of the televisual style. The medical professional is now frequently depicted as a banjaxed existentialist, forced to confront insipid new management cultures, ethical labyrinths and noxious patients that invade the white purity of the medical ward and emergency room. The book traces the historical development of new medical drama and explores the implications of __ and anxieties within __ their depiction of modern healthcare. Finally, the book argues that there are parallels between the cultural fascination with the body as either sick or perfected and the attractions of a genre that seems to revel in the juxtaposition of morbidity and glamour.

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SKU 9780851708805
Author(s) Jason Jacobs
Subtitle The New Hospital Dramas
Publisher(s) BFI Publishing
Format Hardback
Original publication date 01/02/2003
Number of pages 224

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