Journal article

Decomposing scripts: Ethnography and writing about writing

Joshua McNamara

JOURNAL OF SCREENWRITING | INTELLECT LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

As a field whose founding gesture has been to go behind and before the audiovisual text, screenwriting scholarship has become an exciting new frontier for ethnographic approaches to writing about writing. However, so far there has been very little attention paid to what doing an ethnography of script writing might actually entail. What challenges are specific to writing an ethnography on the practices of writing a script? What opportunities does working on script writing offer us as scholars seeking to establish a better understanding of both the narratological and discursive qualities of the practice of writing itself? Rather than retreat to a familiar understanding of ethnography as docume..

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University of Melbourne Researchers