“Hello Out There in TV Land”
Musical Agency in the Early Television Anthology Drama
This chapter examines the function of music as a veritable navigator through television “flow,” a term coined by Raymond Williams to describe the chain of texts (programs, commercials, station breaks, etc.) that are broadcast on television through chronological time. Music is used to delineate three discursive, or narrative, spaces: the extradiegetic, the intradiegetic, and the diegetic, terms that are borrowed from Gérard Genette's theory of narrative agency. This chapter concludes with a comparative analysis of two early television dramatic anthology series, a 1949 episode of The Philco Television Playhouse and a 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone, wherein music serves as narrator on several levels.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.