Genre and the Quiz Show

Su Holmes

in The Quiz Show

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627523
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671212 | DOI:
Genre and the Quiz Show

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This chapter examines the complex relations between quiz shows and genre. In doing so, it explores different approaches to genre (such as textual and discursive — drawing in particular on the work of Jason Mittell, 2004), and considers how the quiz show’s generic status can be illuminated by these approaches. The chapter examines the different connotations of the words ‘quiz’ and ‘game’, whilst also considering the relationship between genre and ‘format’. Finally, the chapter considers how reality game shows have impacted upon definitions of the quiz/ game show.

Keywords: Genre; Quiz; Game; Discourse; Hybridity; Mittell, J; Format; Reality TV

Chapter.  8927 words. 

Subjects: Television

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