Television and Romance: Studies, Observations and Interpretations


Amir Hetsroni (Editor)
Department of Media & Visual Arts, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

Series: Media and Communications – Technologies, Policies and Challenges
BISAC: TEC041000

What effect does television viewing have on the quality of marriage life? This is one of the questions that the authors discuss within this new book, edited by Professor Amir Hetsroni from the Department of English, Culture and Communication at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and published by Nova Science Publishers. This book includes entries written by leading international scholars that interpret the way romance is portrayed on television, and the mark left by this portrayal on viewers.

About half of the chapters in this book present empirical inquires. The other half consists of theoretical and critical accounts. The collection offers in-depth analysis of some of the most successful programs in recent years in America (How I Met Your Mother), Britain (Silent Witness), Spain (Los Protegidos) and other countries along with detailed reviews of the home screen representation of love life within various demographic groups (single white men), age cohorts (elderly) and other sects. The outcome of exposure to popular programming on romantic fidelity, dating plans, cohabitation expectations and other romance-related concepts is thoroughly investigated.

This book is an essential addition to any serious library collections in media studies. It can serve as a reference for undergraduate and graduate classes concerned with media effects and TV research. It also makes an interesting read for media personnel who are engaged in TV production and journalists who cover the topic.

The editor, Amir Hetsroni, is a professor in the Department of Media and Visual Arts at Koç University in Turkey. He is the author/editor of four books and nearly 100 journal articles and book chapters. He is also a media celebrity in his home country, Israel, where he takes part in reality shows as a consultant and commentator, and takes an active role in anti-censorship campaigns. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Section I: Qualitative Explorations

Chapter 1. Unrequited Sexual Desire in US and British Crime Series: Comparing the Mentalist with Silent Witness
Colleen Keane (Independent Scholar)

Chapter 2. The Survival of the Forbidden Love in Television Fiction: “Romeo and Juliet” in Contemporary Spanish Series for Youth
Maria-Jose Masanet, Pilar Medina-Bravo and Sue Aran-Ramspot (Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain and others)

Chapter 3. Is there a ‘Happily-Ever-After’ for the Childfree? An Analysis of Childfree Women on Television
Andrea McClanahan (East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, PA, and others)

Chapter 4. Is Being a Single Man Okay? A Critical Analysis of Masculinity and Singledom in the Series How I Met Your Mother
Jennifer Whalen (University of South Florida, FL, USA)

Section II: Empirical Investigations

Chapter 5. Sex and the Senior: An Analysis of Older Adults’ Sexual Activity Portrayed in Popular US Television
Heather L. Hundley, Jo Anna Grant (California State University, San Bernardino, CA, USA)

Chapter 6. Love is in the Air: Love Relationships in Television Commercials
Dorit Zimand-Sheiner and Osnat Roth-Cohen (Ariel University, Israel)

Chapter 7. Exploring the Impact of Individual Characteristics and Reality Dating Television Viewing Motives in Predicting College Students’ Stereotypical Dating Attitudes
Amber L. Ferris (The University of Akron Wayne College, OH, USA)

Chapter 8. Using Cultivation Theory to Analyze College Student Attitudes about the Dating Process Following Exposure to Romantic Films
Emilio S. Hernandez and Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter (Texas Tech University, TX, USA)

Chapter 9. Television Viewing and Romantic Relationships – The Downside: A Cultivation Exploration
Amir Hetsroni (Department of Media & Visual Arts, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey)


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