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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lewis, Juliana Wolf
Author's Email Address juliana.lewis@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03162015-191826
Title Real Fit: Identity, Society, and Viewer Investment in Fitness Reality TV
Degree PhD
Department Philosophy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kelly Oliver Committee Chair
Ellen Armour Committee Member
José Medina Committee Member
Lisa Guenther Committee Member
  • Viewer investment
  • philosophy
  • philosophy of film
  • society and television
  • affect studies
  • media studies
  • The Biggest Loser
Date of Defense 2015-03-16
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Real Fit: Identity, Society, and Viewer Investment in Reality TV is first and foremost a philosophical experiment in how to articulate the space between viewer and screen. It’s driven by a methodological investment in bringing theories of normativity into an experiential terrain typically dominated by media studies. What does it mean to study an audience? And how does this knowledge speak to, or challenge our existing models? It’s an investigation into the political dimension of seemingly innocuous entertainment, and a deep consideration of how this comes to bear on invested viewers.

Staying within the confines of the virtual, my dissertation studies the ways that TV exploits affect to reinforce current personalized narratives of obesity as a problem that can be managed by self-discipline.

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