What is it about?

The book contains a range of individually-written chapters covering structural and analytical aspects of print and broadcast media and film. Starting with an introduction to narrative theory, the book includes chapters on film as narrative, structures of television and radio, and analysing the discourse of news.

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Why is it important?

This is the only comprehensive analysis of the narrative structures and strategies of mainstream media and film. There are useful techniques for analysing media texts and a toolbox of critical terms, listed in the glossary. If you want a book that explains media theory and shows you practical ways to apply it, this is the one.


This book arose out of an undergraduate lecture course which I and my co-authors delivered together at the University of Sydney. We ran the course over several years, which gave us time to refine and improve our ideas and examples to the point where we could bring it all together into a book designed to demystify media theory and discourse and to improve media literacy. I can guarantee you won't read a media text in the same way after reading this book.

Professor Helen E Fulton
University of Bristol

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This page is a summary of: Narrative and Media, October 2005, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/cbo9780511811760.
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