Genre : 'Something New Based on Something Familiar'

McWilliam, Kelly (2009) Genre : 'Something New Based on Something Familiar'. In Stadler, Jane & McWilliam, Kelly (Eds.) Screen Media : Analysing Film and Television. Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, N.S.W., pp. 217-244.

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This chapter defines and overviews the concept of 'genre' in the context of contemporary screen studies. Using recent examples from film and television, including a case study of popular US television series Grey’s Anatomy, the chapter is divided into two main parts. The first part discusses what genre is, how it operates (in theory and in practice), and the roles of the different stake-holders throughout the life cycle of a genre text; the second part overviews six key approaches to studying genre, namely structuralist, aesthetic, political economy, socio-cultural, family resemblances, and discursive approaches. Ultimately, the chapter discusses 'genre' as an intuitive category negotiated between audiences and the screen media industries and demonstrates this negotiation with a new diagram of genre.

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ID Code: 13104
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: genre, film, television, media, screen media
ISBN: 9781741754483
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Cinema Studies (190201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Jane Stadler and Kelly McWilliam
Deposited On: 29 Apr 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2013 16:22

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