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Rozwój złożonej narracyjności w amerykańskich serialach
A progression of a complex narration in an American TV series

Author(s): Artur Borowiecki
Subject(s): Media studies, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, Drama
Published by: Uniwersytet Gdański
Keywords: modern drama series; narrative complexity; quality drama; continuing series;

Summary/Abstract: Modern television series are a product of quality television and thus significantly differ from the models that have been deeply rooted in serial culture since the very beginning of the media’s existence. At that time, the dominating category constituted series with an episodic structure closed within one episode. Nowadays, the dominant format is the narrative continuity The text aims to show the series in which the creators used innovative solutions as a result of which a new narrative paradigm was formed, described as a „narrative complexity”. The article briefly analyzes various series genres: soap operas, sitcoms and postmodernist series. All the examples cited represent a different types of multi-threaded balance, that affects the evolution of narrative patterns.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 20 (27)
  • Page Range: 83-94
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish