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The Surprisingly Fantastic Script: Imaginative Immaterial Labor, "Multitudinous" Screenwriting, and Genre Innovation Within Peak TV.

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Title:The Surprisingly Fantastic Script: Imaginative Immaterial Labor, "Multitudinous" Screenwriting, and Genre Innovation Within Peak TV.
Authors:Yoshinaga, Ida M.
Contributors:English (department)
Keywords:Screenwriting
television studies
creative labor
creative writing
production studies
show 5 morecreative industries
fantasy
genre theory
diversity
authorship
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Date Issued:Aug 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:Analyzing the production relations between television writers, producers, and showrunners,
this project conceptualizes connections between diversity labor and the teleplay form,
focusing on the negotiated nature of script authorship during the digital era of Peak TV. To
map structures of immaterial labor within the global production of corporate fantasy,
reposition televisual fantasy as a spiritual storytelling mode of community expression rather
than its default definition as a commercial genre, and interrogate the corporate-media
conceptualization of “innovation” as individualistic white-male achievement, I integrate
economic lessons from teleplay writers’ script development, entertainment news, industry
folklore, and my own class history, with life stories of African American, indigenous,
LGBTQ, immigrant, and female writers/producers. I conclude that to enrich their exchange
value in racialized and gendered labor markets while creating quality TV, teleplay writers
from marginalized “multitudinous” groups deploy hybridized genre tactics innovatively by
pairing commercial sensibilities of form with cultural knowledges grounded in community.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62425
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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