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SLSP5370M
Module Reading List

Reality TV: Truth or Fiction?, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Kim Allen
k.allen1@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    

Deery J (2015) ‘Introduction: Definitions History Critique’ (chapter 1), Reality TV ISBN: 9780745652436 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0745652433 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780745652429 (hardback : alk. paper); 0745652425 (hardback : alk. paper); 9780745690421 (ebook), Cambridge: Polity Press. 1-25    

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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: Romance Reality TV and the transformation of intimacy

Lewis, T. (2016). ‘Adventures in love, risk and romance: Navigating post-traditional social relations on Indian dating shows’, European Journal of Cultural Studies ISSN: 1367-5494, 20(1): 56-71  

Luo, W. & Sun, Z (2015) ‘Are You the One? China's TV Dating Shows and the Sheng Nü's Predicament’, Feminist Media Studies , 15:2, 239-256 

McKenzie, L. & Dales, L. (2017) ‘Choosing love? Tensions and transformations of modern marriage in Married at First Sight’, Continuum : journal of media and cultural studies. ISSN: 1030-4312; 1469-366631:6, 857-867  

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Week 4: Homes, taste and distinction

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    

Hunt, A (2009) Domestic Dystopias: Big Brother, Wife Swap and How Clean is Your House in Gillis, S and Hollows, J (eds) Feminism, domesticity, and popular culture ISBN: 9780415963145 (hbk.); 0415963141 (hbk.); 9780415897877 (pbk.); 0415897874 (pbk.), London: Routledge 123-134.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

 

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Week 5: 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,   

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 6: Social divisions, social class and reality television

Deery J (2015) ‘Social Class’ (Chapter 6), Reality TV ISBN: 9780745652436 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0745652433 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780745652429 (hardback : alk. paper); 0745652425 (hardback : alk. paper); 9780745690421 (ebook). Cambridge: Polity Press. pp: 127-149   

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  

 

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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: Watching Reality TV: Audiences 

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 Fame: Reality TV and Celebrity Culture.

Meyers E & Leppert A (2018) Introduction, Celebrity Studies, 9:4, 415-425  

Kavka, M. (2012), ‘Third Generation Reality TV: Economics of Celebrity’, in Kavka, M., Reality TV. Edinburgh: Edinburugh University Press: 145-176    

Yang, L.  (2014), ‘Reality Talent Shows in China: Transnational format, affective engagement and the Chinese Dream., in L. Ouellette (ed) A companion to reality television ISBN: 9780470659274 £120.00 (hbk.); 9781118599594; 9781118599624; 9781118599754 (ebk.), Oxford: Blackwell: 516-540.    

 

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Week 10: Cultural labour and reality television production

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., (2014). 'Cast Aways: The Plights and Pleasures of Reality Casting and Production Studies', in L. Ouellette (ed) A companion to reality television ISBN: 9780470659274 £120.00 (hbk.); 9781118599594; 9781118599624; 9781118599754 (ebk.), Oxford: Blackwell: 57-73    

 

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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 
 

This list was last updated on 25/01/2019