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SLSP5370M
Module Reading List

Reality TV: Truth or Fiction?, 2017/18, Semester 2
Professor Ruth Holliday
r.holliday@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1: Historicising Reality and Lifestyle TV

Corner, J., (2002). Performing the Real: Documentary Diversions.  Television & New Media , 3 (3) , 255-26

Murray, S. and Oulette, L. (Eds) (2009). Introduction.  Reality TV [electronic resource] : remaking television culture . New York: New York University Press, pp.1-20

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Week 2: Globalisation and Reality TV

BELL, D. & HOLLOWS, J. (2007). Mobile homes.  Space and culture. , 10 , 22-39.

KLEIN, B. & WARDLE, C. 2008. “These Two Are Speaking Welsh on Channel 4!”: Welsh Representations and Cultural Tensions on Big Brother 7. Television & New Media  9 514-530.


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Week 3: Globalising Lifestyles, Making Over Nations

Aslama, M. & Pantti, M. (2007). Flagging Finnishness: reproducing national identity in reality television.  Television & New Media  8 49-67.

Lewis, T. & Martin, F. (2010). Learning modernity: lifestyle advice television in Australia, Taiwan and Singapore. Asian journal of communication. 20, 318-336.


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Week 4: Lifestyle TV, bodies and Makeover Culture

Jones, M (2008) ‘Before/ After: From Heresy to Makeover Culture’,  Skintight : an anatomy of cosmetic surgery , Oxford: Berg, Chapter 1, Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Weber, B (2014) Chapter 20 Mapping the Makeover Maze: The Contours and Contradictions of Makeover Television, in L. Ouellette (ed) A companion to reality television , Oxford: Blackwell.

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Week 5: Class, social divisions and reality television

Biressi, A. and Nunn, H. (2008) 'Bad Citizens: The Class Politics of Lifestyle Television', in: G. Palmer (ed)  Exposing lifestyle television : the big reveal , Aldershot: Ashgate pp. 15-23.

Lyle, S. A. (2008) (Mis)recognition and the middle-class/bourgeois gaze: A case study of Wife Swap',  Critical discourse studies ,5(4),319 -330

Allen, K and Mendick, H. (2013) ‘Keeping it real? : Social class, young people and authenticity in Reality TV’.  Sociology. . Vol 47(3), pp. 460-476


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Week 6: Homes, taste and distinction

Giddens, A (1992)  The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality, Love and Eroticism in Modern Societies , Cambridge: Polity. Chapter 4 Love, Commitment and the Pure Relationship.

Holliday R, (2005). ‘Home Truths’, in  Ordinary lifestyles : popular media, consumption and taste , ed. by Bell D and Hollows J (Maidenhead : Open University Press), 65-81


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Week 7: Cultural intermediaries and ordinary experts: pedagogy, ‘expertise’ and shame in RTV

PIPER, N. (2015). Jamie Oliver and Cultural Intermediation.  Food, culture and society. , 18 , 245-264.

RICH, E. (2011). ‘I see her being obesed!’: Public pedagogy, reality media and the obesity crisis.  Health.  :,  15  3-21.

Singh, A. 2016. Delia Effect Strikes Again. The Telegraph Online. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/6709518/Delia-Effect-strikes-again.html


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Week 8: Consuming ‘the real’: Audience investments and engagement with Reality TV

PIPER, N. (2013). Audiencing Jamie Oliver: Embarrassment, voyeurism and reflexive positioning.  Geoforum. , 45 , 346-355.

Skeggs B, Wood H and Thumim N (2008) Oh goodness I am watching reality TV: How methods make class in audience research.  European Journal of Cultural Studies 11(1): 5–24

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Week 9: Reality TV celebrity: the ‘especially remarkable’, fame and ambivalent participation

Biressi A and Nunn H (2004) The especially remarkable: Celebrity and social mobility in Reality TV. Mediactive 2: 44–58  - Download here

Tyler, I., (2011). Pramface Girls: The Class Politics of 'Maternal TV'.  In B. Skeggs & H. Wood (eds.) Reality television and class . London: Palgrave Macmillan, 210-224. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Hearn, A. (2006). 'John, a 20-year-old Boston native with a great sense of humour': on the spectacularization of the 'self' and the incorporation of identity in the age of reality television,  International journal of media and cultural politics.  2(2): 131-147 ·

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Week 10: Creating a buzz and producing ‘the real’: cultural work, production and crafting spectacular selves

Grindstaff, L., (2009). Self-Serve Celebrity: The Production of Ordinariness and the Ordinariness of Production in Reality Television.  In V. Mayer, M. Banks & J. Caldwell (eds.) Production studies : cultural studies of media industries . New York/Oxon: Routledge, 71-86.

Mayer, V., (2011). Reality Television's 'Classrooms': Knowing, Showing, and Telling About Social Class in Reality Casting and the College Classroom. In H. Wood & B. Skeggs (eds.) Reality television and class . London: Palgrave Macmillan, 185-196. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Week 11:The sociological imagination and the political potential of Reality TV


Ouellette, L. (2010) Reality TV Gives Back: On the Civic Functions of Reality Entertainment, Journal of popular film & television. , 38:2, 66-71

Jones S and Hollows J (2010) '"At Least He's Doing Something". , Moral Entrepreneurship and Individual Responsibility in Jamie's Ministry of Food.' European Journal of Cultural Studies  , 13 (3)

This list was last updated on 17/01/2017