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Book Announcement:



Edited by Christine Cornea

25 May 2010, Manchester
 University Press


at contemporary film and television, this book explores how popular genres
frame our understanding of on-screen performance. Genre and Performance
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 and programme
makers, or they have concentrated upon particular training and

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. 




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

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





‘Offering a rich variety of texts and critical perspectives,
this illuminating collection of essays will add a great deal to the analysis of
genre within Screen Studies. Its focus on performance provides a particularly

approach to the field, one that has often been notoriously
undervalued and overlooked in the past. In doing so, it produces an essential, eclectic
and original contribution to a set of issues and critical debates that will
have a

far reaching implication on the study of film and television for
many years to come.’

Glen Creeber, Aberystwyth University.


‘This welcome collection advances critical work on screen
performance by moving away from the traditional focus on individual stars, directors
or training practices. Instead we have an original, stimulating and diverse
volume of

essays which shifts attention onto the crucial relationship
between genre and performance. With its refreshingly interdisciplinary
approach, it provides not only new perspectives on film genre, but
interventions into the neglected and

undervalued field of television performance. Genre theory
promises to remain a contested but fundamental area of film and television studies;
this book makes a valuable contribution to debates in the field and refines our
understanding of both genre and performance, and the important confluence

between them.’

Deborah Jermyn, Roehampton University.



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