Blake Beaver

I am a PhD candidate in the interdisciplinary Program in Literature at Duke University. My research addresses the intermedial relations between 20th- and 21st-century audiovisual media, with a particular focus on television and the medium’s positioning within our broader thinking around technology, politics, genre, gender, and sexuality. More specifically, my dissertation explores questions of TV technology and formations of the United States as a nation through a theoretical approach to network family dramas in the new millennium. In this work, I question how network family dramas index the technological and political crises implicated in broadcasting’s waning ability to manufacture American national and global hegemony. Before beginning my graduate career, I worked as a media practitioner, planning and buying print, TV, and digital media at advertising agencies in New York and Chicago on behalf of telecom, building materials, and insurance brands.

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