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The Discipline of Genre - TFT00008I

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Duncan Petrie
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • to introduce students to the centrality of genre as a key principle of product differentiation and creative organisation in film and television
  • to introduce students the concepts, methods and terminology necessary for a critical analysis of genre and its function within film and television production and reception
  • to acquaint students with the development of genre theory and criticism in film and television studies
  • to acquaint students with particular constructions and uses of genre in film and television history
  • to provide a more detailed understanding of the creative uses of genre within contemporary film and television production
  • to provide a more detailed understanding of the importance of genre in the marketing and consumption of contemporary films and television programmes

Module learning outcomes

  • students will understand the characteristics and function of genre as a critical concept, as a means of product differentiation and as a creative context for production in film and television
  • students will gain a familiarity of the primary characteristics and uses of genre in film and television history and the developments of particular genres over time
  • students will be able to analyse films and television programmes in relation to the conventions, structures and creative possibilities of genre
  • students will understand the significance, the creative application and the institutional function of genre in contemporary film and television production and consumption

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2500 Word Essay
N/A 40
University - project
3000 Word Project & Presentation
N/A 60

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2500 Word Essay
N/A 40
University - project
3000 Word Project & Presentation
N/A 60

Module feedback

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Indicative reading

  • Steve Neale, Genre and Contemporary Hollywood (London: BFI, 2002)
  • Steve Neale, Genre and Hollywood (London: Routledge, 2000)
  • Rick Altman, Film/Genre (London: BFI, 1999)
  • Barry Langford, Film Genre: Hollywood and Beyond (Edinburgh University Press, 2005)
  • Glen Creeber (ed.), The Television Genre Book (Basingstoke: Palgrave/BFI, 2008)
  • Lez Cooke, British Television Drama (London: BFI, 2003)
  • Barry Keith Grant, Film Genre: From Iconography to Ideology (London: Wallflower, 2007)
  • Gavin Dowd et. al. (eds.), Genre Matters: Essays in Theory and Criticism (Bristol: Intellect, 2006)
  • Jason Mittell, Genre and Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture (London: Routledge, 2004)
  • Please check the VLE weekly for essential and recommended readings.



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