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Student Research Guide WQ23/ The Teaching Power of Fictional Television


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Wise, Jessica. “How Fiction Can Change Reality - Jessica Wise.” YouTube, TED-Ed, 23 Aug. 2012,

  • This short video shows how fiction is meaningful, and how it can be a teacher and shapes our lives. It teaches a lesson on how fictional media influences the minds of people and their perspectives, serving as inspirations and a place for teaching about the real world.


“Blackface: The Birth of an American Stereotype.” National Museum of African American History and Culture, 22 Nov. 2017, Blackface: The Birth of An American Stereotype | National Museum of African American History and Culture ( 18 Feb. 2023.

  • This article is written by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. They explain the history and purpose that Minstrel shows and black face had in the 1900s.

Byrne, Eleanor, and Martin McQuillan. “Domesticated Animus: Engendering Disney.” Deconstructing Disney, Pluto Press, 1999, pp. 57–72, Accessed 1 Mar. 2023.

  • Eleanor Byrne gives lectures in literature at University College Worcester. Martin McQuillan is the Pro-Dean of Research in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communication at the University of Leeds. This book talks about the influenced changes that Disney shows in their films and animations and what they are based from.

Diana C. Mutz & Lilach Nir (2010) Not Necessarily the News: Does Fictional Television Influence Real-World Policy Preferences?, Mass Communication and Society, 13:2, 196-217, DOI: 10.1080/15205430902813856. Accessed 03 Feb. 2023.

  • Diana C. Mutz has a Ph.D from Stanford University and is a Political Science and Communication professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Lilach Nir has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is in the Department of Communication and Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This study discusses how fictional drama and television affect the real world.

Fedele, Maddalena. “Young Characters in Television Fiction: Youth Identities, Models and Portrayals in the Digital Age.” Repositori Digital UPF, 15 June 2020, (PDF) Young characters in television fiction: Youth identities, models and portrayals in the digital age ( Accessed 03 Feb. 2023.

  • Maddalena Fedele is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. This study analyzes 40 teen series and the types of genres present to teenagers in this digital culture.

Garcia-Munoz, Nuria, and Maddalena Fedele. "Television fiction series targeted at young audience: plots and conflicts portrayed in a teen series/Las series televisivas juveniles: tramas y conflictos en una <>." Comunicar, vol. 19, no. 37, Mar. 2011, pp. 133+. Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete, Television Fiction Series Targeted at Young Audience: Plots and Conflicts Portrayed in a Teen Series ( Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

  • Dr. Nuria Garcia-Munoz is a professor at the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Maddalena Fedele is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. This overview assesses the types of characters that are found in fictional television and what those character types portrayed.

Gottschall, Jonathan. “The Power of Fake Gay (and Black) Friends.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 2012, The Power of Fake Gay (and Black) Friends | Psychology Today. Accessed 018 Feb. 2023.

  • Gottschall, a Distinguished Fellow in the English Department of Washington, and author of six publications, writes about the relationships humans have with fictional characters and how they influence our minds, and why that is important for representation.

Igartua, J-J. & Marcos Ramos, M.(2015). Influence of character type and narrative setting on character design for fictional television series. Communication & Society 28(1),63-77. View of Influence of character type and narrative setting on character desing for fictional television series ( Accessed 03 Feb. 2023.

  • Juan-Jose Igartua is faculty of social sciences at the University of Salamanca and the head of the observatory for Audiovisual Contents. Maria Marcos Ramos is also a faculty member there and is a researcher at the Observatory for Audiovisual Contents. This academic paper discusses the importance of fictional characters and emphasis how and why the characters are designed the way they are.

Lamendour, Eve Marie. "Teenager Television Series." The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies, edited by Daniel Thomas Cook, Sage UK, 1st edition, 2020. Credo Reference, Teenager Television Series | The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies - Credo Reference ( Accessed 04 Feb. 2023.

  • This source is from the SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies, written by Eve Marie Lamendour. This source talks about the globalization of the network and how this access affects teenagers. It also mentions the different storylines commonly seen on television for teenagers.

Real, Michael. "Hollywood, Culture and Influence of." Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications, Donald Johnston, Elsevier Science & Technology, 1st edition, 2003. Credo Reference, Hollywood, Culture and Influence of | Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications - Credo Reference ( Accessed 03 Feb. 2023.

  • Michael Real summarized sections of the book “Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications” by Donald Johnston. This article describes the history of Hollywood and films coinciding with world events. It also briefly discusses the controversies faced by Hollywood and its groups. 

Schumann, C., Strand, T. Cinema, Philosophy and Education. Stud Philos Educ 40, 453–459 (2021). Accessed 03 Feb. 2023.

  • Claudia Shumann is a part of the Department of Special Education at Stockholm University. Torill Strand is with the University of Oslo in the Department of Education. This journal addresses how teens stream and watch films more than ever, and how cinema can be a form of education. There is a relationship between philosophy and cinema.  

Zaidi, Hiyah. “This Is Why Representation Is so Important.” Thought Catalog, 28 Oct. 2021, This Is Why Representation Is So Important | Thought Catalog. Accessed 18 Feb. 2023.

  • Zaidi, a writer for the Thought Catalog reflects on her experience with having little to none representation in television growing up. She writes about how the experience affected her and how it has changed since she was young.

Top 5-10 Recommended Keywords/Search Terms

  1. Fiction television
  2. Representation
  3. Teenage television
  4. Stereotypes
  5. Influence
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