Television Rewired: The Rise of the Auteur Series – Martha P Nochimson (Book Excerpt)

What follows is a chapter from my recent book, Television Rewired: The Rise of the Auteur Series (University of Texas Press, July 15, 2019), which is an account of when and how the American television series became a platform for artists. The excerpted chapter, about Lena Dunham’s Girls, has been slightly modified for AWFJ.org.

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ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Exclusive Book Excerpt)

Across her impressive career, the manifestation of Elaine May’s remarkable skillset reveals itself primarily through a three-pronged attack of writer, filmmaker, and performer. That these overlap so significantly in her 1971 debut feature film as director-writer-actor A New Leaf typify how difficult it is at times to individually extract each thread for analysis, yet this chapter seeks to do precisely that.

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Albertine Fox’s is not only a good resource for the topic at hand; it also provides ‘mini-lessons’ on subjects with which readers may be unfamiliar. This reflects the author’s thoughtfulness—she doesn’t assume that everyone reading is familiar with every reference, and she elaborates in such a way that even those who are familiar will glean something new from how she connects the ideas to her own.

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Anne Thompson’s THE $11 BILLION YEAR (Exclusive Excerpt)

After reporting on everything movies for 25 years, Hollywood pundit Anne Thompson, an AWFJ member, has written her first book. It’s fascinating. We preview it here, with an exclusive excerpt from Chapter Seven: Women, Politics and Zero Dark Thirty. After reading AWFJ’s exclusive excerpt, you can purchase The $11 Billion Year in its entirety from HarperCollins Publishers or book sellers.

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