Narrative and Genre:  La Jetee


Modes:  the “how”--modes of production (documentary; experimental;  feature)

               --Modes of presentation (narrative; nonnarrative)



1.  what are genres?  (recurrences)



          conventions; expectations



2.  where do they come from?  (an inevitable result of narrative?)


          Narrative:  telling stories to audiences



3.  process (telling):  activities; motives


          individual storytelling


          institutional storytelling


4.  results (stories told):  recurring forms in stories and between stories  (what do audiences like?)


          in stories (elements of narrative)


          between stories (elements of genre)


5.  reception (is the audience listening?)


          support; demand for product




          reviews; criticism


6.  Schatz, “The Genius of the System”


          the system


          deep structures






7.  Neale, “Definitions of Genre”


          primary definitions; 70s emphasis on conventions:  noticing classifications and groupings


          iconography—the most evident source of film groupings


          theoretical questions:  are there other sources of recurrence in (film) storytelling besides images?


                   Does language (verbal and filmic) contribute to the process of telling recurring kinds of stories?


                   What expectations arise from telling stories through language and media forms?  How are expectations a result of both telling and listening to stories?


          Genre itself as an element of the mode of storytelling (the genre film)


8.  Case study in genre and narrative:  La Jetee


**Why is the kind of story we see a result of the way the story is told?


How is La Jetee a science fiction film?


Conventions (time travel)

Ideas (destiny; social criticism)



How is the story in La Jetee told?


How does La Jetee compare to its remake (12 Monkeys)?  What is the greatest difference?