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Critical Studies in Television: scholarly studies of small screen fictions

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Editorial Policy


CST is an international, refereed hard copy journal focusing on fictions made for the small screen. It is bi-annual (Spring and Autumn), and published by Manchester University Press.

CST aims to be scholarly but accessible. It takes current and past television seriously and aims to encourage the academic and broader intellectual communities to recognise the value of the critical study of small screen fictions in the broadest sense (see, Notes for Authors). The journal invites analyses of the compositional principles and aesthetics of texts as well as research findings on related production and reception contexts. It welcomes contributions on both past and present productions.

CST seeks to attract contributions from academics, scholar-fans and fan-scholars as well as programme-makers, industry-scholars and journalists.

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Notes for Authors


CST aims to provide a major international forum for the presentation of original research and discussion of television with a specific focus upon fictions made for the small screen. The emphasis of the journal is thus on programmes constructed for the medium of television not specifically catered for in current academic journals. This includes episodic, series-serial drama, continuing serial dramas (soaps) and single plays, but CST is also open to consideration of innovative and interactive fictions for the small screen.

CST acknowledges in its open title that the understanding of television texts extends to production and reception contexts, and that it is increasingly difficult to delineate factual from fictional constructs. Contributions locating TV products in a wider range of issues in cultural and social analysis are welcome.

The journal is also keen to stimulate debate on how the extraordinarily rapid developments in digital and satellite technologies and global media network strategies have opened up the market for television, as well as the implications for the circulation and reception of television fictions, at global, national, local and regional levels. CST seeks more broadly to raise questions about television fiction exchange.

To be as clear as possible, studies of Reality TV focusing on performative or narrative aspects might be acceptable. Contributions on TV movies may be acceptable whilst issues relating to theatre and films subsequently shown on television might be more appropriate in other journals (e.g. Screen or SCOPE). Articles on television news which analyse its narrative form and other devices typical of fictional dramas might be acceptable, whilst statistical analyses of news programming might be better offered to a journal such as Media, Culture and Society.

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