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Title: Genre framing in discourses surrounding comedy television remakes between the UK and the US
Author: Bylina, Lisabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 6423 843X
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2017
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Traded as a format between Britain and the US, the sitcom has traditionally been understood as closely connected to its socio-cultural context (Tueth, 2005; Wagg, 1998) and as being characterised by its humorous intent (Eaton, 1978; Mills, 2009). Current format studies of sitcoms illustrate the variety of ways in which the final texts relate to their local contexts, offering either comparative analyses between versions or singular critiques of programmes focusing on their suitability for their particular market (Beeden & de Bruin, 2010; Ducray, 2012). While doing well to showcase the nations involved, what is missing is an understanding of the industrial specifics involved. This project seeks to understand how industrial factors impact the format process, specifically what role industry understandings and expectations of genre play. Therefore, to meet the goal of this project, this study is guided by the question of how genre is expressed in industrial discourses surrounding sitcom remakes between Britain and the US and presents its findings in terms of identification, origination, work, and intention. These aspects of the remake process are shown to be framed in terms of genre. As such, genre is significantly utilised as a framing device (Bielby & Bielby, 1994) within the statements surrounding comedy remakes. The publicly made statements under study are a part of the discursive formation of genre for these programmes (Mittell, 2004) and, therefore, their examination contributes to understanding these programmes generically. Understandings of comedy within the statements examined are utilised and expressed with regard to familiarity and a negotiation between similarity and difference. This study is focused on only one remake relationship – that between Britain and the US – and only considers one genre: scripted television comedy. The findings of this study demonstrate the utility of utilising this method for future studies of the relationship between remakes and genre.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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