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Form

John Corner

in Theorising Media

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082603
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703182 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082603.003.0003
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This chapter considers formal issues that are pivotal for research on media forms. It argues in support of the view that a continuing address to concepts and methods for analysing the forms of media is of the utmost importance for progress in understanding how the media work. The chapter looks at how form figures in the broader context of media theory and research, particularly in regard to ideas of medium and of content. It considers the higher-level descriptive/analytic categories of narrative and genre, in which different formal elements are active, including varieties of those modes of representation designated as realist. The chapter also discusses the varieties of realism and the comparative formal relations among sound, image and writing.

Keywords: media forms; media theory; narrative; genre; realism; sound; image; writing

Chapter.  15815 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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