Jeremy Butler

Jeremy Butler

Jeremy Butler

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Jeremy Butler has taught television, film, and new media courses since 1977–at Northwestern University, the University of Alabama and the University of Arizona.

His latest book project, Television Style, was published by Routledge in 2010.

Butler has written the textbook, Television: Critical Methods and Applications (now in its fourth edition), edited the anthology, Star Texts: Image and Performance in Film and Television, and published articles on Mad MenER, Roseanne, Miami Vice, Imitation of Life, soap opera, the sitcom, and other topics in journals such as Cinema Journal, Journal of Film and Video, and Screen.

For some time now Butler has been active in online educational resources for film/TV studies. He created Screen-L and ScreenSite, two of the earliest Internet resources for film/TV teachers/students; and he served as the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ first information technology officer.

In addition to Butler’s duties as a film/TV professor, he also hosts a weekly radio program, All Things Acoustic, on Alabama Public Radio.

Areas of Specialization

  • Television stylistics
  • Genre (soap opera, film noir, the Western, the sitcom, and so on)
  • European cinema
  • Star/celebrity studies
  • Media convergence

Publications/Creative Work


Cover image: Television: Critical Methods and Applications

Other Select Publications

  • Butler, Jeremy G. “The Oppressive Rectangularity of the Fluorescent Light.” In Media Res, 22 April 2009. View online.
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “Mad Men: The Look(s) of the 1960s.” In How to Watch Television: Media Criticism in Practice. Edited by Ethan Thompson and Jason Mittell. New York: NYU Press, in press.
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “Eluding Elegy: Placing Screen in One Possible History of Television Studies.” Screen, 52, no. 4 (Winter 2011): 493-502.
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Historicizing Visual Style in Mad Men.” In Mad Men: Dream Come True TV, 55-71. Edited by Gary R. Edgerton. London: I.B. Tauris, 2010.
    Mad Men: Dream Come True TV book cover
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “Guts Don’t Come Cheap in the Cinématheque, Pal: Guilt, Pleasure, and America’s Funniest Home Videos.” In Media Res, 22 February 2008. View online.
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “The Sitcom’s Death, the Zero Degree of Style.” In Media Res. View online.
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “The Internet and the World Wide Web.” In The New Media Book, 40-51. Edited by Dan Harries. (London: British Film Institute, 2002).
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “VR in the ER: ER‘s Use of E-Media.” Screen 42, no. 4 (Winter 2001): 313-331. Illustrations.
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “Self-Publishing Electronically.” Jump Cut 43 (July 2000), 62-68. Online version.
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “Hollywood and the Star System.” In Oxford Guide to Film Studies, 342-353. Edited by John Hill. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. American Cinema and Hollywood: Critical Approaches, pp. 116-127. Edited by John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “Cartoons,” “Miami Vice,” “Police Programs,” “Roseanne.” In Encyclopedia of Television, 323-6, 1046-8, 1264-8, 1402-4. Edited by Horace Newcomb. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.
  • Butler, Jeremy G. “Redesigning Discourse: Feminism, the Sitcom and Designing Women.” Journal of Film and Video 45, no. 1 (Spring 1993): 13-26. View with Adobe Reader.


  • Topics in Mass Communication Theory (graduate seminar; 2000)
  • Star Images, Star Performances (graduate seminar: 1998)
  • Approaches to Film Style (graduate seminar)
  • Introduction to Film Theory (graduate seminar)
  • Contemporary Film Theory (graduate seminar)
  • New Media: Theory & Practice (2000, 1998)
  • Seminar in American Cinema (2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997)
  • Motion Picture History and Criticism (introductory survey; 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998)
  • Film Fundamentals (super8 & 16mm filmmaking)
  • Film/Video Narrative Production (1997)
  • The French Film (2000, 1999, 1998, 1997)
  • The German Film
  • Western European Cinema
  • Melodrama and Soap Opera
  • Women/Cinema/Ideology
  • Critical Studies in Television (fall 2000, spring 2000, 1999, 1997)
  • Television Workshop
  • Broadcast Criticism
  • Introduction to Mass Communication

Other Endeavors

  • – Web companion for the book, Television Style.
  • MediaCommons – a platform for scholarly discourse about media. Includes In Media Res.
  • ScreenLex: A Pronunciation Guide for Film/TV Studies – learn to speak like a true film nerd.
  • Screenpedia – an experimental wiki site for the development of an encyclopedia and a virtual slide room for film and television studies.
  • – Web companion for the textbook, Television: Critical Methods and Applications.
  • – Supporting film/TV studies. Founded 1994.
  • Screen-L – An e-mail discussion list for film/TV educators and students. Founded 1991.
  • Crappy Software – a blog for rants about software that is, shall we say, substandard.
  • The Internet Folk Radio List – Database of folk and acoustic radio programs from around the world. Converted to a MySQL database.
  • FilmAlert – Announcements of indie/international films in town.