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Cinema Genre

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ISBN-10: 1405156503

ISBN-13: 9781405156509

Edition: 2008

Authors: Rapha�lle Moine, Alistair Fox, Hilary Radner

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List price: $107.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/3/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Alistair Fox is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Research on National Identity at the University of Otago.

Introduction
In the Genre Jungle
Cinematic genre: an empirical category
Every use has its own typology
Viewers' guides
Reference volumes: dictionaries and encyclopaedias
Lack of agreement over cinematic categories
An impossible typology?
Different levels of characterisation
Different frames of reference
The mixing of genres
The hierarchy of genres
The question of history
Looking for the Rules of Genre
Looking for genre's formal rules
Russian formalists and cinematic genres
The notion of a theoretical genre
Genre: an intertextual phenomenon
Genre as architext
Genre: a continuous and infinite text
In search of the structures of genre
Grand narrative structures
Elementary structures of narrative
Semantic-syntactic definitions of genre
The Semantic-syntactic definition of genre
An open approach to context
What Is the Purpose of Genres?
A production tool
The standardisation/differentiation dialectic
The avoidance of generic ascription by Hollywood studios
The social functions of genre
Genres and the production of stereotypes in contemporary culture
An instrument of ideological repression
A collective cultural expression
The limits of ideological and ritual functions
The communicative function of genre
Generic 'rails'
Generic mediation
The Generic Identities of a Film
The relations between film and genre
Generically modelled films, and generically marked films
The genre film
Genre and auteur
The uses of generic identity
Generic redefinitions
Two examples: film noir and the woman's film
Genre, series, auteur: categories of interpretation
The mixing of genres: pluri-generic attributes
The myth of the pure genre
Post-modern augmentation of genre-mixing
Parody and pastiche
How Should One Think About the History of a Genre?
To put an end to the theory of generic evolution
Organicism and evolutionism: the genre's destiny
The limits of historical determinism
Towards a complex history of genres
The birth of a cinematic genre
A post-dated birth certificate
Cultural interactions and cinematic recreation
The notion of genrification
Genrification outside of Hollywood
Hybridization and mutation of genres
Alliances and ruptures
Reversals and successes
Eclipses and resurgences
Genres in Context
Cultural identity and the circulation of genres
Trans-national genres and local genres: a misleading dichotomy
The genre of melodrama, or melodramatic genres?
The circulation of genres
Generic regimes
The rationale of generic regimes
The Hollywood genre system
Generic regimes outside of Hollywood
The series and generic labels of early cinema
Conclusion
Select Bibliography
Index of Films