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Genre, performance and Sex and the City

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Paltridge, Brian and Thomas, Angela and Liu, J, Genre, performance and Sex and the City, Telecinematic Discourse. Approaches to the language of films and television series, John Benjamins Publishing Company, R Piazza, M Bednarek, M Roddi (ed), Amsterdam, pp. 249-262. ISBN 978-90-272-5615-7 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2011 John Benjamins Publishing Company

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/pbns.211.16pal

Abstract

This chapter explores the television series Sex and the City from a cultural studies perspective, and, in particular, through the notions of genre (Miller 1984) and performance (Butler 1990). It considers the ways in which the lead characters, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, construct particular identities as they engage in the genre of casual conversation. The chapter argues that what, to some people, may seem natural in their interactions is a result of what Butler (1990: 33) calls "a set of repeated acts" and a "repeated stylisation of the body". Sex and the City, we argue, provides an example of its lead characters doing gendered (and other identities) as they participate in the genre of casual 
conversation.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Genre and performance, Sex and the City
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Linguistics
Research Field:Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The Media
Author:Thomas, Angela (Dr Angela Thomas)
ID Code:70478
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-06-23
Last Modified:2017-10-30
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