Ethics beyond the code

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Maras introduces the collection by arguing that historically speaking, issues of ethics and screenwriting have been handled primarily through a discussion of the morality of film under the Hays Office production code in the USA during the 1930s and 1940s. This approach limits discussion of ethics to a coded form of morality. Through careful analysis of the production code and its ethical discourse, Maras makes a case for the need for new perspectives exploring ethics in screenwriting. The chapter argues for a greater focus on screenwriting as a practice that engages with ethics on a number of different levels. It also recommends a more considered understanding of ethics as multifaceted and multidimensional.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthics in Screenwriting: New Perspectives
EditorsSteven Maras
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9781137544933
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Screenwriting


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