Lecture Wk 03

Lecture Wk 03 - 1/30/2008 Guest Lecture Notes Week 3 Genre...

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1/30/2008 Guest Lecture Notes Week 3 Genre – Melodrama Genre – Distinct types of categories into which texts may be grouped according to content & techniques. Character types, setting, plot, filmic techniques, etc., are characteristics that classify shows into certain genres. Audience expects to see these familiar tropes. Genre attracts a base audience to a show or movie. For example, if you KNOW you like science fiction, you might watch “Battle Star Galactica”, even if you’ve never seen it before, just b/c you figure you probably will like it since it is a genre that you KNOW you already do like. Therefore, genre is a way to market something based on what people already know and already associate and already like. Television networks design programming around genres – certain genres are on during certain times of day. Genres change over time “Guiding Light” used to be considered a typical soap opera, now “Lost” is considered a soap opera. Elements of Genre / Ways to Recognize a Genre 1. Myth – some sort of basic cultural conflict, like ‘man vs. nature’. Funamental human questions, that appeal to everyone. a. Soap Opera – Interpersonal relationships; love, family drama…cross- cultural, timeless conflicts b. Sci-Fi – man vs. nature c. “Law and Order” – justice vs. injustice, or law chaos vs. law Genres have a basement for something, otherwise they go out of fashion,
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This note was uploaded on 10/09/2008 for the course CTCS 191 taught by Professor Holt during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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