Theoretical Approaches

  • Ian W. Macdonald
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting book series (PSIS)


In this chapter, I look first at the reasons for researching and studying screenwriting, and the difficulties facing researchers in defining the focus of study. Then I focus on four research perspectives that seem particularly helpful in addressing this, for different reasons: those of Roland Barthes; of Pierre Bourdieu, together with creativity theorists; of the neo-formalists (particularly Bordwell, Staiger and Thompson); and of researchers in media production studies (including Caldwell and Lotz).


Production Study Critical Attention Soap Opera Collective Belief Creativity Theorist 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Ian W. Macdonald 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian W. Macdonald
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Communications StudiesUniversity of LeedsUK

Personalised recommendations