115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Television Studies II

Session Chair: 
Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College
Session 6: Saturday 10 – 11:30 am
Wesselkamper 120
Topic Area: 


  1. Berniece Bruinius Alspach, California Baptist University
    In the episode “The Fly” in the AMC series Breaking Bad, the director Rian Johnson uses a black-box theatrical design to highlight Walter White’s guilt and the tension and intimacy between him and Jesse Pinkman.  The stage movements and the dialogue operate more like a play than a television program, giving the audience an intimate visual and theatrical experience. 
  2. Lindsay Schaffer, University of California, Riverside
    This paper will examine the how South Korean television drama Descendants of the Sun (2016) recovers the soldier as a romantic subject.  I will illustrate how the narrative elements function to sublimate the necropolitical into the humanist rhetoric of world peace.
  3. Kyoko Hammond, University of Tennessee, Martin
    The theme of family is an integral and unavoidable component of virtually all foreign language courses. I show that Japanese TV animation can serve as a useful point of departure from which all learners, regardless of cultural or familial background, can approach the theme of family in a meaningful and productive way.
Session Cancelled: