Rethinking genre studies through distribution analysis : issues in international horror movie circuits

Lobato, Ramon & Ryan, Mark David (2011) Rethinking genre studies through distribution analysis : issues in international horror movie circuits. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 9(2), pp. 188-203.

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The existence of any film genre depends on the effective operation of distribution networks. Contingencies of distribution play an important role in determining the content of individual texts and the characteristics of film genres; they enable new genres to emerge at the same time as they impose limits on generic change. This article sets out an alternative way of doing genre studies, based on an analysis of distributive circuits rather than film texts or generic categories. Our objective is to provide a conceptual framework that can account for the multiple ways in which distribution networks leave their traces on film texts and audience expectations, with specific reference to international horror networks, and to offer some preliminary suggestions as to how distribution analysis can be integrated into existing genre studies methodologies.

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ID Code: 32518
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Distribution analysis, Genre movies, market cycles , film studies , horror movies
DOI: 10.1080/17400309.2011.556944
ISSN: 1740-0309
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [New Review of Film and Television Studies, 9(2), pp. 188-203]. [New Review of Film and Television Studies] is available online at informaworld.
Deposited On: 06 Jun 2010 21:49
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 14:10

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