Dr Anthony Smith
Lecturer in Television Theory
I have authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, and have presented research at such prestigious international conferences as SCMS, Flow and the International Conference on Narrative. I also convened a one-day international conference hosted at the University of Nottingham in 2012, titled Contemporary Screen Narratives: Storytelling’s Digital and Industrial Contexts, and a two-day international conference at the University of Salford in 2015, titled “I’ll See You Again in 25 Years”: The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV. I previously served as articles editor of Scope: A Journal of Film and Television Studies.
I teach a range of modules on the Television and Radio programme, including Media Institutions, Critical Approaches to Television and Contemporary American Television Drama.
My academic research chiefly connects media content to its industrial conditions of production, circulation and consumption.
I am willing to supervise PhD projects concerning the topics of narrative, genre and industry/production in relation to film, television, comics and video games.
Qualifications and Memberships
BA Hons Film Studies (University of North London)
MA Film and Television Studies (University of Nottingham)
PhD Film and Television Studies (University of Nottingham)
Anthony N. Smith, Storytelling Industries: Narrative Production in the 21st Century. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (in production, due 2018).
Peer-reviewed journal articles:
Anthony N. Smith, ‘The Backer-Developer Connection: Exploring Crowdfunding’s Impact on Video Game Development’, New Media & Society 17:2 (February 2015), 198-214.
Anthony N. Smith, ‘Putting the Premium into Basic: Slow-Burn Narrative and the Loss-Leader Function of AMC’s Original Drama Series’, Television and New Media 14:2 (March 2013), 150-166.
Anthony N. Smith, ‘TV or Not TV? The Sopranos and Contemporary Episode Architecture in US Network and Premium Cable Drama’, Critical Studies in Television 6:1 (Spring 2011), 36-51.
Roberta Pearson and Anthony N. Smith (eds.), Storytelling in the Media Convergence Age: Exploring Screen Narratives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Anthony N. Smith, ‘History Left Unsaid: Implied Continuity in Batman’s Contemporary Comic-Book Narratives’, in Roberta Pearson, William Uricchio and Will Brooker (eds.), The Many More Lives of the Batman: Critical Approaches to a Superhero and his Media. London: BFI Publishing, 2015, 53-66.
Anthony N. Smith, ‘Super Mario Seriality: Nintendo’s Narratives and the Influence of Audience Targeting within the Video Game Console Industry’, in Roberta Pearson and Anthony N. Smith (eds.), Storytelling in the Media Convergence Age: Exploring Screen Narratives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 21-39.
Anthony N. Smith and Roberta Pearson, ‘Introduction: The Contexts of Contemporary Screen Narratives: Medium, National, Institutional and Technological Specificities’, in Roberta Pearson and Anthony N. Smith (eds.), Storytelling in the Media Convergence Age: Exploring Screen Narratives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 1-17.
‘Inside the Box: Exploring the Links between Netflix Original Series and Television Industries’, Media Futures Research Seminar, Bath Spa University, 9 December 2015
Selected conference papers:
‘Outside (Yet Still Inside) the Box: Mapping the Industrial Boundaries of Storytelling Innovation within Netflix Original Series’, Challenging Media Landscapes: Cultures and Industries of Creativity in Contemporary Media Landscapes, University of Salford, 16 November 2015.
‘Co-Creativity as Promotion: Researching Crowdfunded Video Game Development’, Industrial Approaches to Media: A Methodological Gateway to Industry Studies, University of Nottingham, 5 June 2014.
‘History Left Unsaid: Implied Continuity in Contemporary Superhero Comic-Book Narratives’, International Conference on Narrative, Manchester Metropolitan University, 27 – 29 June 2013.
‘Narratives of an Upgrade Culture: Draw-Distance Storytelling in Halo: Reach’, Contemporary Screen Narratives, University of Nottingham, 17 May 2012
‘Putting the Premium into Basic: Slow-Burn Narrative and the Loss-Leader Function of AMC Original Drama Series’, Television Narratives Symposium, University of York, 28 May 2011
‘Action by Increment: Marvel Comics, Decompressed Narratives, and the Collected-Edition Market’, SCMS Annual Conference, New Orleans, 10 – 13 March 2011
‘Reasons for Staying Faithful: The Influence of Industry Discourses on Viewer Commitment for Enigma-Centric Primetime Drama Series’, Flow Conference, University of Texas, 30 September – 2 October 2010.
‘Unities of Purpose: Neo-Aristotelian Sensibility and the Narrative Construction of Seasons in Contemporary US Primetime Serial Drama’, Contemporary Serial Cultures, University of Cinema and Television (Potsdam), 14 – 16 January 2010.
‘Transmedial Slayage: Investigating the Impact of Industrial Configuration upon the Multi-Platform Narrative of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, Ends of Television, University of Amsterdam, 29 June – 1 July 2009
‘Schism Storytelling: David Chase, The Sopranos and Competing Narrative Modes’, International Conference on Narrative, University of Birmingham, 4 – 6 June 2009.