Narrative and genre : key concepts in media studies /

Lacey, Nick,

Narrative and genre : key concepts in media studies / Nick Lacey. - ix, 268 pages : illustrations, 22 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-263) and index.

Introduction to Narrative Theory -- Once upon a time -- openings -- What is narrative? -- Todorov and narrative structure -- Propp's narrative functions -- Levi-Strauss and binary oppositions -- Barthes's narrative codes -- A History of Narrative -- The Epic of Gilgamesh -- Aristotle's theory of art -- The oral tradition -- Le Morte D'Arthur (The Death of Arthur) -- Shakespeare -- The novel -- Romanticism -- Modernism -- Postmodernism -- Theory of Narrative 2 -- More advanced narrative theory -- Narrative voice -- Ideological narrative analysis -- The Searchers -- Alternative narrative systems -- Alternative narrative and documentary -- Theory of Genre 1 -- Generic conventions -- The basic schema of genre -- Genre and society -- Film noir and 'hard-boiled' crime novels -- the repertoire of elements -- The TV cop genre: NYPD Blue -- oppositions in genre -- Science fiction -- repertoire of elements and history -- Melodrama -- a genre and a style -- Genre and format -- Theory of Genre 2 -- Genre -- the chicken or the egg? -- Twelve generic approaches to media texts -- Genre as Jungian myth -- Genre and gender -- soap opera -- Generic cycles -- Non-realistic genres -- horror -- Genre and semiotics -- Ideology and genre criticism -- Genres and scheduling -- Conclusion: narrative and genre -- Basic Instinct (Paul Verhoeven, 1992) -- Nora Prentiss (Vincent Sherman, 1947) -- Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) -- The Searchers (John Ford, 1956) -- Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow, 1995) -- The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995).

"Narratives fill our lives, whether we are reading books, magazines or newspapers, listening to the radio, or watching television or movies. Equally, many people use the notion of genre in order to decide which novel to buy or which movie to watch. This book brings together a rich range of theory and examples that consider how these two concepts can inform and deepen our understanding of the media."-- Back cover.


Mass media and language.
Language and culture.
Language arts.
Motion pictures and language.
Communication in literature.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Film genres.
Discourse analysis, Narrative.
Literary form.
Mass media.

P302.7 / .L335 2000

302.23 LA.N 2000