- The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies
- Digital Media and the Future of Filmic Narrative
- The Latest Laocoön: Medium Specificity and the History of Film Theory
- Visual Media and the Tyranny of the Real
- Radical Aspirations Historicized: The European Commitment to Political Documentary
- Loss of Light: The Long Shadow of Photography in the Digital Age
- Media Celebrity in the Age of the Image
- Film Genre Theory and Contemporary Media: Description, Interpretation, Intermediality
- <i>Gilda</i>: Textual Analysis, Political Economy, and Ethnography
- Television's First Seventy-five Years: The Interpretive Flexibility of a Medium in Transition
- “The End of TV As We Know It”: Convergence Anxiety, Generic Innovation, and the Case of <i>24</i>
- Screen Practice and Conglomeration: How Reflexivity and Conglomeration Fuel Each Other
- The Chinese Action Image and Postmodernity
- When Cute Becomes Scary: The Young Female in Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema
- Asian Film and Digital Culture
- Popular Cinema and the “New” Media in India
- Dreaming with Open Eyes: Latin American Media in the Digital Age
- The Globalization of Filmmaking in Latin America and the Middle East
- Computers and Cultural Studies
- Film and Media Studies Pedagogy
- Copyright, Fair Use, and Motion Pictures
- Evolution of Modern-Day Independent Filmmaking
- The Digital Revolution
Abstract and Keywords
This article studies film genre theory and provides a brief assessment of genre theory in the twenty-first century. It also attempts to plan a reasonable course for the future of genre studies across the various disciplines of media studies. It aims to show how the descriptive imperatives of genre criticism can be settled with the anthropological tasks of the present film genre theory. The article also explains how this intersects with the analysis of genre discourses.
Paul Young is director of film studies and assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of The Cinema Dreams Its Rivals: Media Fantasy Films from Radio to the Internet (2006) and is currently writing Mobilizing Pictures: Realism, Transformation, Early American Cinema. His article, “Telling Descriptions: Frank Norris's Kinetoscopic Naturalism and the Future of the Novel, 1899,” appeared in Modernism and Modernity (2007).
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