Synopses & Reviews
This text seeks to revise notions of film genre. It connects the roles played by industry critics and audiences in making and re-making genre. In a critique of major voices in the history of genre theory from Aristotle to Wittgenstein, Altman reveals the conflicting stakes for which the genre game has been played. Recognizing that the very term "genre" has different meaning for different groups, he bases his genre theory on the uneasy competitive yet complimentary relationship among genre users and discusses a range of films from "The Great Train Robbery" to "Star Wars", and from "The Jazz Singer" to "The Player".
This book revises our notions of film genre and connects the roles played by industry critics and audiences in making and re-making genre. Altman reveals the conflicting stakes for which the genre game has been played and recognises that the term genre has different meanings for different groups.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-236) and indexes.
About the Author
Rick Altman is author of Film/Genre.
Table of Contents
What is at stake in the history of literary genre theory? what is generally understood by the notion of film genre? where do genres come from? are genres stable? are genres subject to redefinition? where are genres located? how are genres used? why are genres sometimes mixed? what role do genres play in the viewing process? what communication model is appropriate for genres? have genres and genre functions changed over time? what can genres teach us about nations?