My publications are detailed on my CV, with links to most writings. I am a firm believer in open-access publishing, and thus do not publish work that is not available through reasonable means, whether fair market priced books or online free journals. When works do not appear in such venues, I provide free PDFs or pre-publication drafts here.
My scholarship has appeared primarily in books, including my own textbook Television and American Culture, my monograph Genre and Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture, and current book Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling, available in pre-publication draft on MediaCommons Press.
My essays have been included in many excellent book collections, including The Wire: Race, Class & Genre, The Participatory Cultures Handbook, Intermediality and Storytelling, Flow TV: Television in the Age of Media Convergence, The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era, Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives, Reading LOST, The Television Genre Book, The Cambridge Companion to Narrative, Prime Time Animation: Television Animation and American Culture, The Radio Reader: Essays in the Cultural History of US Radio Broadcasting, The Television Studies Reader, and The Television History Book.
I’ve published essays in online open-access journals, available in their native online format:
- Jonathan Gray & Jason Mittell, “Speculation on Spoilers: Lost Fandom, Narrative Consumption and Rethinking Textuality” Particip@tions Volume 4, Issue 1 (May 2007)
- Jason Mittell, “Sites of Participation: Wiki Fandom and the Case of Lostpedia,” Transformative Works & Culture vol. 3, 2009.
- “Playing for Plot in the Lost and Portal Franchises,” Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture, 6:1 (Spring 2012).
In the spirit of access & exchange, here are links to some of my published scholarly essays from print journals for downloading:
- “Narrative Complexity in Contemporary American Television,” The Velvet Light Trap #58, Fall 2006, 29-40.
- “Audiences Talking Genre: Television Talk Shows and Cultural Hierarchies,” Journal of Popular Film and Television, 31:1, Spring 2003, 36-46.
- “A Cultural Approach to Television Genre Theory,” Cinema Journal, 40:3, Spring 2001, 3-24.
- “Cartoon Realism: Genre Mixing and the Cultural Life of The Simpsons,” The Velvet Light Trap #47, Spring 2001, 15-28.
- “The Cultural Power of an Anti-Television Metaphor: Questioning the ‘Plug-in Drug’ and a TV-Free America,” Television and New Media, 1: 2, May 2000, 215-238.
Many of my prepublication essays have appeared on this blog – and much of what I have written here has been repurposed and adapted for more traditional publications! And if you see anything referenced that I’ve written that you cannot find access to, just ask me!