What is representation?Representation is about understanding the choices that are madewhen it comes to portraying something or someone in a mass mediatext. Certain features of personality and appearance get highlighted,and are often enhanced, when it comes to constructing therepresentation.When representing a person, media texts often focus on their: Age Gender Race/Ethnicity Financial Status Job Culture/nationality
Find as many things as possible thatconnote and denote the horror genre.
Write down 10 thingsthat are associated withthe horror genre
Representation TheoryThe term refers to the processes involved as wellas to its products. For instance, in relation to thekey markers of identity- Class, Age, Gender andEthnicity. Representation involves not only howidentities are represented within the text but alsohow they are constructed in the processes ofproduction and reception
Representation TheoristsGill Branston and Roy Stafford state that there arecharacteristics to representation such as:A categorising and evaluation of the group beingstereotyped. Emphasise on specific featureswhich are easily recognised by the audience forthem to draw the conclusion of the representedgroup. The evaluation is often but not always anegative one.
Representation TheoristsRepresentation can be linked to horror films suchas the representation of genre. This is becausewomen are represented as vulnerable and aneasy target within horror films. However thehorror genre also allows this stereotypical viewof women to be challenged, because as thestory progresses we can see how the womancan become stronger and overcome the villain.Laura Mulvey, gaze and feminist, is arepresentation theorist. Her theory is that shebelieves that in film, audiences have to viewcharacters from the perspective of heterosexualmale.
ActivityDo you know any horror films that are linkedto Laura Mulvey’s male gaze theory?
PlenaryWhen representing a person media textsoften focus on……..