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"Brian P. Taves" <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 27 Aug 1996 10:32:11 -0400
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> Date:    Mon, 26 Aug 1996 03:38:42 -0400
> From:    "Amy L. Harper" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Moving Image Genre List: Comments Requested
>    As a back-of-the-book indexer, I was curious if any of the subscribers of
> this list had looked at the Moving Image Genre List and if so what comments
> you might have.
> On a related note, do you believe that a consensus exists in the field
> regarding terminology or is there a tendency to come up with unique
> variations on a theme?
> Amy Harper
Our experience has been that, generally, there has been at the very least
agreed-upon categories, if not always terminology.  In the latter
instance, for example, we selected the term Journalism over Newspaper or
Reporter, both because the genre encompasses more than print journalist,
and also because we tried to name genres for the activity depicted, not
the protagonist (ie, Espionage rather than Spy).  However, we also
included see references from Newspaper and Reporter to Journalism, as we
did with other genres that are referred to by a number of terms.
There were also a few new genre terms we included although we had seen
little or no formal analysis about the genres.  This is the only option to
simply lumping many disparate films into some category with a catch-all
prase signifying "none of the above."  We hope for interaction with
scholars to try and properly identify and develop appropriate terminology
for some genres that may not have previously received much attention, but
do manifest themselves in the all-encompassing process of cataloging
archival holdings.
Thanks for your comment.
Brian Taves
Motion Picture/Broadcasting/Recorded Sound Division
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.  20540
202-707-2371 (fax)
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