Time on TV: University of Northampton academics publish new book

News Page 13th July 2016

Dr David Simmons, Senior Lecturer in American Literature, Film and Screen Studies and Dr Lorna Jowett, Reader in Television Studies, at the University of Northampton, have just had a new book published which collects together work on the way TV represents time.

Time on TV: Narrative Time, Time Travel and Time Travellers in Popular Television Culture edited by Lorna, David and Kevin Robinson, investigates how time operates and is represented, visually and narratively, in TV drama. In the collection—part of IB Tauris’ Investigating Cult TV series—scholars and writers take a range of approaches to fan favourites old and new, exploring time portals, vampire time, nostalgia and many more aspects of time on television. The volume explores varied shows, such as Star Trek, Quantum Leap, Timeslip, Sapphire & Steel, Torchwood and Life on Mars.

Dr Ross P. Garner of Cardiff University recommends the book, saying, “This volume feels like the beginning of an important and emerging area of TV Studies. It examines a range of frequently-overlooked examples of telefantasy and provides innovative readings of how these shows engage with discourses of genre, memory and affect.”

David has published extensively on twentieth century American popular culture. His books include New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft, The Anti-Hero in the American Novel: from Heller to Vonnegut, New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut, and Investigating Heroes: Truth, Justice and Quality TV.

Lorna has published many articles on television, film and popular culture. She is co-author with Stacey Abbott of TV Horror: Investigating The Dark Side of the Small Screen, author of Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan, and her next book focuses on gender in the new Doctor Who franchise.

Time on TV was published by I B Tauris on 30 June 2016.

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