Genre framing in discourses surrounding comedy television remakes between the UK and the US

Bylina, Lisabeth (2017) Genre framing in discourses surrounding comedy television remakes between the UK and the US. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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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.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
    Depositing User: Katie Miller
    Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 12:02
    Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 12:02

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