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Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico$
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Paul Julian Smith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383247

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383247.001.0001

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Introduction: Cold Opens

Introduction: Cold Opens

(p.1) Introduction: Cold Opens
Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico

Paul Julian Smith

Liverpool University Press

The Introduction charts the audiovisual field in Spain and Mexico and sets out the empirical and theoretical context for the case studies to come. Citing Raymond Williams, the source of the book’s title, it argues that, beyond distraction and flow, quality drama satisfies in Spanish and Mexican audiences “a need for images, for representations, of what living is now like.”

Keywords:   Television drama, Quality TV, Spain, Mexico

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