• “Situating Comedy: Duration and Inhabitation in Classical American Sitcoms”

    Author(s):
    Sérgio Dias Branco (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Film Studies
    Subject(s):
    Television, Stylistics
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6985K
    Abstract:
    This essay focuses on moments that stress the significance of inhabitation (of living in a space and finding a place in it) and duration (of experiencing time and valuing it) in classical American sitcoms. “Sitcom” is short for situation comedy and it is usually defined as a type of series in which an established set of characters are involved in recurring comic situations. This generic definition is not, nor could it be, attentive to the stylistic properties of particular sitcoms, especially those that follow the classical structure of the genre. Details of performance and framing, rhythm and flow, demonstrate that these sitcoms may be alternatively described as a form of situating comedy, of grounding and inscribing the comic idiosyncrasies and rapport of a small group of characters in a defined spatial and temporal context.
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