Locked Up: The Prison Genre in American Cinema Restricted; Files Only

Pike, Alan Gilchrist (2015)

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Locked Up: The Prison Genre in American Cinema explores how the prison genre makes meaning in American film. It investigates how the genre's style, major themes, conventions, characterization, and narrative elements are used by studios, critics, and audiences via case studies of particular historical moments. It also interrogates the continuities and changes in the style of initiation sequences (a foundational generic convention) over time. It argues for a reinvigorated study of genre history that explores how style, narrative, and politics are connected to industrial conditions in the creation of genre films and film genres.

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Introduction...........................................................................................9

The Genrefication of the Prison Film: A Semantic/Syntactic/Pragmatic Approach................................................23 Initiation Sequences: The Generic Vocabulary of the Prison Film Genre.......................................66 Cool Hand Luke: Adaptation and the Pragmatics of the Prison Film Genre ............................77 Conclusion..........................................................................................132 Bibliography........................................................................................156 Filmography........................................................................................163

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