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Tuning InAmerican Narrative Television Music$
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Ronald Rodman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340242.001.0001

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“Hello Out There in TV Land”

“Hello Out There in TV Land”

Musical Agency in the Early Television Anthology Drama

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Tuning In

Ron Rodman

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   flow (television), narrative agency, Gérard Genette, television anthology drama, Philco Television Playhouse, The Twilight Zone

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