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Editor’s introduction
in Genre and performance
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book concentrates upon performance in conjunction with the concept of genre. It begins with an examination of contemporary film noir, which specifically builds upon de Cordova's account of 'dissimulation' as performed within the genre. The book focuses on an expansive account of shifts in performance styles associated with the British television horror play. It notes that television docudrama seems to invite a knowing audience to draw upon their knowledge of other television genres as well as anterior knowledge of reported events. The book examines the ways in which comedic performance strategies are utilised by the 'left-leaning' presenters of The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. It is concerned with a certain mixing of truth and falsehood in performance and the overt blurring of generic boundaries in British comedy series.

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