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1st Edition

Genre and Hollywood

ISBN 9780415026062
Published January 28, 2000 by Routledge
348 Pages

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Book Description

Genre and Hollywood provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of genre. In this important new book, Steve Neale discusses all the major concepts, theories and accounts of Hollywood and genre, as well as the key genres which theorists have written about, from horror to the Western. He also puts forward new arguments about the importance of genre in understanding Hollywood cinema.
Neale takes issue with much genre criticism and genre theory, which has provided only a partial and misleading account of Hollywood's output. He calls for broader and more flexible conceptions of genre and genres, for more attention to be paid to the discourses and practices of Hollywood itself, for the nature and range of Hollywood's films to be looked at in more detail, and for any assessment of the social and cultural significance of Hollywood's genres to take account of industrial factors.
In detailed, revisionist accounts of two major genres - film noir and melodrama - Neale argues that genre remains an important and productive means of thinking about both New and old Hollywood, its history, its audiences and its films.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1.Definitions of Genre 2.Dimensions of Genre 3.Major Genres 4.Film Noir 5.Melodrama 6.Genre Theory 7.Genre and Hollywood

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Steve Neale is Research Professor in Film, Media and Communication Studies at Sheffield Hallam University


'A clear and accessible treatment.' - Sight and Sound