Quiz Show Theory: Approaching the Programme Text

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:
Quiz Show Theory: Approaching the Programme Text

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This chapter explores how to analyse quiz shows at a textual level — using textual analysis. The chapter addresses how we might approach the analysis of the genre, focusing in particular on questions of generic conventions, aesthetic construction and cultural politics. Using examples such as The Chair, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?, the chapter discusses how we might analyse the visual ‘game space’ of the quiz show. It then moves on to examine how theories of ‘play’ (Huizinga, Caillois) can be used to illuminate the cultural appeal, as well as ideological implications of the genre.

Keywords: Television aesthetics; Quiz; Game; Play; Ideology; Work; Huizinga; Caillois

Chapter.  11429 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Television

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