The Liveliest Medium: Television’s Aesthetic Relationships with Other Arts

This special issue of Critical Studies in Television explores the aesthetic meetings, counterpoints and clashes between television and other art forms. While considerable attention has recently been given to questions of media convergence in the age of ‘TV3’, little sustained work has focused on the dis- tinct topic of aesthetic relationships between television and, for example, poetry, painting, music, dance, sculpture, or architecture. The issue also seeks to extend more prevalent comparative analysis of television and film, theatre, or the novel, developing a more precise vocabulary around terms such as ‘cinematic television’ and opening up adaptation studies in terms of aesthetic overlaps in style, structure, tone, and attitude.

Contributions are sought on the above matters and that may comprise, variously: Con- ceptual examinations of television aesthetics in terms of internal dynamics and/or external relationships with other arts; Sustained critiques of the links between specific series,episodes, or television moments, and other arts; Appraisals of television works that en- gage with artists or the arts in documentary or fictional form; Explorations of criteria, categorisations and instances of ‘cinematic television’, ‘television poetics’, and ‘the televi- sion novel’; Interpretative work on television as poetry, television as dance (or similar); Genre and aesthetic connections.

For peer-reviewed articles of 6000 words, please send proposals of no more than 250 words to and

Submission deadline: December 1, 2012