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Su Holmes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627523

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627523.001.0001

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Quiz Show Theory: Approaching the Programme Text

Quiz Show Theory: Approaching the Programme Text

(p.58) 3 Quiz Show Theory: Approaching the Programme Text
The Quiz Show

Su Holmes

Edinburgh University Press

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

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