There are a few sources that I have that I didn’t get to put on here because I had trouble finding all the information to cite. Also, I am still looking for more sources but I have listed seven I plan to use here:
Caldwell, John T. “Welcome to the Viral Future of Cinema (Television). Cinema Journal, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Autumn, 2005) pp. 90-97. Texas: University of Texas Press.

Caldwell discusses how television programs are become more film like, and mentions Arrested Development. I can use this article to show that Arrested Development is more like one long film than a traditional television sit com. The article also talks about HBO, and I can explore how Arrested Development was considered “too high brow” for network television.

Hart-Gun, Lesley. “Arrested Development and the Theater of the Absurd.” Velox: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Film, vol. 2., no. 1, pp. 14-20, 2008.

This article talks about how Arrested Development is absurdist in nature. I can use this article to talk about authorship, as Mitch Hurwitz tends to make absurd television programs. Being so absurd, Arrested Development is a lot different than most sit coms. I can talk about how injecting absurdist theater into the generic family sit com created something quite different from the traditional family sit com that most television viewers are used to.

Jones, Gerard. Honey I’m Home!: Sitcoms Selling the American Dream. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992.

This book shows how many sitcoms of the past were subtle advertisements for traditional American values. I will use this book to explore how Arrested Development disrupts this tradition of the sitcom. In fact, Arrested Development often directly mocks the traditional American family values. This book will be important to show how Arrested Development really changed the sitcom genre entirely.

Mittel, Jason. “Narrative Complexity in Contemporary American Television.” Austin: Universtiy of Texas Press, 2006.

This article talks specifically about how Arrested Development and other new television series are much more narratively complex than past series. This article will be extremely helpful as Mittell references Arrested Development quite a bit. It will help me in my argument about high-brow tv versus low-brow tv.

Savorelli, Antonio. “The New American Televisual Comedy: Semiotic Inquiry into an Evolution.” Milan: Universita IULM Press, 2007.

This article is poorly translated from Italian to English; however, it is similar to Thompson’s article and talks about how Arrested Development has a much more complex narrative than the typical sit com has.

Thompson, Ethan. “Comedy Verite: The Observational Documentary Meets the Televisual Sitcom.” The Velvet Light Trap 60 (2007) 63-72 University of Texas Press.

This article specifically talks about how the traditional sit com has changed from the single set format to a more documentary style. I will use this article to explore authorship in the series, and how Mitch Hurwitz influenced the style that Arrested Development was filmed. The article mainly discusses the Office and Arrested Development, so it is a pretty good source.

Weight, Alan L. “Families are Forever: The Historical Continuity of Domestic Comedies Through Ritual and Resonance. Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 2005.

This article mentions Arrested Development, but it actually doesn’t fit as well into my argument as I would hope. I can definitely use a few quotes from this source but it was a misleading source.

One response to “Bibilography

  1. I’m the author of the article at #5. I would like to point out that the article itself was never officially published (hence the bibliographical reference isn’t correct). In fact, it was only a detailed abstract of my dissertation. Also, for various reasons, its focus on Arrested Development was very limited—it was merely a passing reference.

    The whole research became a book later in Italy, and is coming out in the United States soon (already available on Amazon), translated and expanded, with the title Beyond Sitcom: New Directions in American Television Comedy, published by McFarland & Co. More details here: