Inner and outer in Homeland

Jacobs, Jason (2011) Inner and outer in Homeland. London, UK, Critical Studies in Television, University of Hertfordshire.

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Author Jacobs, Jason
Title Inner and outer in Homeland
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Critical Studies in Television, University of Hertfordshire
Publication date 2011-12-02
Series CST Online
Total pages 1 Scholarly blog entry
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
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Steven Peacock’s recent observation that many academic analyses of television too often become ‘systematic, determined to “solve” the text’s engagement with a specific subject’ is a timely reminder that our evaluation of television art would do well to avoid treating it like a puzzle. It is true that a lot of contemporary television fiction is complex but we should not conflate that which is cognitively challenging with aesthetic achievement: and while puzzles do have aesthetic dimensions we generally (with a few exceptions) do not take them to be works of art. Tracking the formal patterning of dense layers of plot, ambiguous character motivation, and generic innovation might sound like the work of evaluation but it doesn’t add up to a hill of beans if the object under scrutiny is little more than pretty Sudoku-TV.

These thoughts found their anchor when I encountered Showtime’s recent political psychodrama, Homeland (Showtime, 2011- ) for the first time earlier this week...
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