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A Semantic/Syntactic Approach to Film Genre

Rick Altman
Cinema Journal
Vol. 23, No. 3 (Spring, 1984), pp. 6-18
DOI: 10.2307/1225093
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225093
Page Count: 13
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A Semantic/Syntactic Approach to Film Genre
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Abstract

In an attempt to reconcile conflicting views regarding the determination of a film genre's corpus, opposed strategies characteristic of genre history and genre theory, and the different claims of ritual and ideological genre critics, this article proposes a new understanding of generic concerns based on a structured combination of semantic and syntactic approaches.

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