Genre and performance: film and television

Edited by Christine Cornea

Genre and performance: film and television


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7980-1
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: July 2010
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, Film history, theory & criticism, Film and Media


Looking at contemporary film and television, this book explores how popular genres frame our understanding of on-screen performance. It brings together ground-breaking and inspiring work on this topic from both renowned and newer academics in the field. Previous studies of screen performance have tended to fix upon star actors, directors, or programme makers, or they have concentrated upon particular training and acting styles. Moving outside of these confines, this book provides a truly interdisciplinary account of performance in film and television and examines a much neglected area in our understanding of how popular genres and performance intersect on screen.

Each chapter concentrates upon a particular genre or draws upon generic case studies in examining the significance of screen performance. Individual chapters examine contemporary film noir, horror, the biopic, drama-documentary, the western, science fiction, comedy performance in 'spoof news' programmes and the television 'sit com' and popular Bollywood films.


List of illustrations
Contributor biographies
Editor's introduction - Christine Cornea
1. Film noir: gesture under pressure - Cynthia Baron
2. Captured ghosts: horror acting in the 1970s British television drama - Richard J. Hand
3. Docudrama performance: realism, recognition and representation - Jonathan Bignell
4. Living stories: performance in the contemporary biopic - Dennis Bingham
5. Borders and boundaries in Deadwood - Steven Peacock
6. The Colbert Report: performing the news as parody for the postmodern viewer - Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
7. Contemporary comedy performance in British sitcom - Brett Mills
8. 2-D performance and the re-animated actor in science fiction cinema - Christine Cornea
9. The multiple determinants of television acting - Roberta Pearson
10. Bollywood blends: genre and performance in Shahrukh Khan's post-millennial films - Rayna Denison


Christine Cornea is Lecturer in Film and Television with the School of Film and Television at the University of East Anglia

Genre and performance: film and television

Edited by Christine Cornea

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