Narration in the Fiction Film

The term “omnipresence” comes from Seymour Chatman, Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1978), 212. 51. Edward Branigan, Point of View in the Cinema: A Theory of Narration and ...

Author: David Bordwell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136099168

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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First Published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Pregnancy in Literature and Film

Relying on such diverse works as Frankenstein, Peyton Place, Beloved, and I Love Lucy, the book chronicles how pregnancy evolves from a conventional plot device into a mature narrative form.

Author: Parley Ann Boswell

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786473663

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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This exploration of the ways in which pregnancy affects narrative begins with two canonical American texts, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1848) and Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861). Relying on such diverse works as Frankenstein, Peyton Place, Beloved, and I Love Lucy, the book chronicles how pregnancy evolves from a conventional plot device into a mature narrative form. Especially in the 20th and 21st centuries, the pregnancy narrative in fiction and film acts as a lightning rod with the power to electrify all genres of fiction and film, from early melodrama (Way Down East) to noir (Leave Her to Heaven); from horror (Rosemary's Baby) to science fiction and dystopia (Alien, The Handmaid's Tale); and from iconic (Lolita) to independent (Juno, Precious). Ultimately, the pregnancy narrative in popular film and fiction provides a remarkably clear lens by which we can gauge how popular American film and fiction express our most profound--and most private--fears, values and hopes.

Translingual Narration

The work goes on to test the limits of nostalgia and solastalgia in fiction and film by looking at how both the colonial future and past are remembered before concluding with political uses of cinematic murder.

Author: Bert Mittchell Scruggs

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824857301

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Translingual Narration is a study of colonial Taiwanese fiction, its translation from Japanese to Chinese, and films produced during and about the colonial era. It is a postcolonial intervention into a field largely dominated by studies of colonial Taiwanese writing as either a branch of Chinese fiction or part of a larger empire of Japanese language texts. Rather than read Taiwanese fiction as simply belonging to one of two discourses, Bert Scruggs argues for disengaging the nation from the former colony to better understand colonial Taiwan and its postcolonial critics. Following early chapters on the identity politics behind Chinese translations of Japanese texts, attempts to establish a vernacular Taiwanese literature, and critical space, Scruggs provides close readings of short fiction through the critical prisms of locative and cultural or ethnic identity to suggest that cultural identity is evidence of free will. Stories and novellas are also viewed through the critical prism of class-consciousness, including the writings of Yang Kui (1906–1985), who unlike most of his contemporaries wrote politically engaged literature. Scruggs completes his core examination of identity by reading short fiction through the prism of gender identity and posits a resemblance between gender politics in colonial Taiwan and pre-independence India. The work goes on to test the limits of nostalgia and solastalgia in fiction and film by looking at how both the colonial future and past are remembered before concluding with political uses of cinematic murder. Films considered in this chapter include colonial-era government propaganda documentaries and postcolonial representations of colonial cosmopolitanism and oppression. Finally, ideas borrowed from translation and memory studies as well as indigenization are suggested as possible avenues of discovery for continued interventions into the study of postcolonial and colonial Taiwanese fiction and culture. With its insightful and informed analysis of the diverse nature of Taiwanese identity, Translingual Narration will engage a broad audience with interests in East Asian and postcolonial literature, film, history, and culture.

Digital Storytelling

In Digital Storytelling, Shilo McClean shows how digital visual effects can be a tool of storytelling in film, adding narrative power as do sound, color, and "experimental" camera angles—other innovative film technologies that were once ...

Author: Shilo T. McClean

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262134651

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 303

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How digital visual effects in film can be used to support storytelling: a guide for scriptwriters and students.

Suture and Narrative

Suture and the narration of experience -- The case of Henry James: suture and deep intersubjectivity -- The wounds of Peter Pan: suture and loss -- Suture and film comedy: Raising Arizona and the Derridean Kosmos -- Epilogue: Suture and ...

Author: George Butte

Publisher: Theory Interpretation Narrativ

ISBN: 0814213294

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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Suture and the narration of experience -- The case of Henry James: suture and deep intersubjectivity -- The wounds of Peter Pan: suture and loss -- Suture and film comedy: Raising Arizona and the Derridean Kosmos -- Epilogue: Suture and community in Why be happy when you can be normal? and (500) days of summer

Seeing Fictions in Film

Literary fiction is recounted by a voice of some sort--the narrator. George M. Wilson explores the strategies of cinematic narration, and argues that this prompts viewers to imagine seeing and hearing events in the fictional world.

Author: George M. Wilson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199594894

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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What happens when we view a movie? Do we actually see the fiction, and if so how? Literary fiction is recounted by a voice of some sort--the narrator. George M. Wilson explores the strategies of cinematic narration, and argues that this prompts viewers to imagine seeing and hearing events in the fictional world.

Narrative Humanism Kindness and Complexity in Fiction and Film

This book attempts to clarify the narrative conditions of humanism, asking how we can use stories to complicate our understanding of others, and questioning the ethics and efficacy of attempts to represent human social complexity in fiction ...

Author: Wyatt Moss-Wellington

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 1474454321

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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This book attempts to clarify the narrative conditions of humanism, asking how we can use stories to complicate our understanding of others, and questioning the ethics and efficacy of attempts to represent human social complexity in fiction. With case studies of films like Parenthood (1989), American Beauty (1999), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and The Kids Are All Right (2010), this original study synthesises leading discourses on media and cognition, evolutionary anthropology, literature and film analysis into a new theory of the storytelling instinct.

A Distant Technology

J. P. Telotte carefully blends film, technology, cultural, and genre studies to illuminate this nearly forgotten era in our cinematic history and to show, through analysis of classics like The Invisible Ray, Metropolis, and Things to Come, ...

Author: J. P. Telotte

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819563463

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

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Science fiction films celebrate and critique the impact of a burgeoning technology on the world's cultural, political, and social milieu. The Machine Age, roughly delineated by the two decades between World Wars, was a watershed period during which modern society entered into an ambiguous embrace with technology that continues today. J. P. Telotte carefully blends film, technology, cultural, and genre studies to illuminate this nearly forgotten era in our cinematic history and to show, through analysis of classics like The Invisible Ray, Metropolis, and Things to Come, how technology played a major role as motif, "actor," and producer. What he also discovers as he ranges among the American, British, Russian, French, and German science fiction cinema — as well as mainstream films, figures, and cultural products such as the New York World's Fair — is a fundamental ambivalence, embedded in the films themselves, about the very machine-age ethos they promoted. Even as advances in the technical apparatus of filmmaking elevated it from mere entertainment to a medium of general communication and genuine artistic expression, Machine Age science fiction films remained curiously distant from and often skeptical of the very machines on which their narratives focus. The resulting tensions, Telotte writes, "thus seem to intersect with those implicit in a Western world that was struggling with its own transition into the modern," rendering the films' task inevitably paradoxical and difficult

Narrative Comprehension and Film

stranger than fiction (but otherwise is like it), and life is (like) a story. His opening, “And yet ...”, inaugurates the complex interplay between the probable and the improbable, nonfiction and fiction, nonnarrative and narrative that ...

Author: Edward Branigan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136129322

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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Narrative is one of the ways we organise and understnad the world. It is found everywhere: not only in films and books, but also in everday conversations and in the nonfictional discourses of journalists, historians, educators, psychologists, attorneys and many others. Edward Branigan presents a telling exploration of the basic concepts of narrative theory and its relation to film - and literary - analysis, bringing together theories from linguistics and cognitive science, and applying them to the screen. Individual analyses of classical narratives form the basis of a complex study of every aspect of filmic fiction exploring, for example, subjectivity in Lady in the Lake, multiplicity in Letter from and Unknown Woman, post-modernism and documentary in Sans Soleil.

Projecting a Camera Language Games in Film Theory

1961), 60–79; and Booth, The Rhetoric of Fiction (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2nd ed. 1983). The explicit or implicit violation of the boundary between two narrative levels is one of the most important issues for a theory of ...

Author: Edward Branigan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135379520

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 456

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In Projecting a Camera, film theorist Edward Branigan offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding film theory. Why, for example, does a camera move? What does a camera "know"? (And when does it know it?) What is the camera's relation to the subject during long static shots? What happens when the screen is blank? Through a wide-ranging engagement with Wittgenstein and theorists of film, he offers one of the most fully developed understandings of the ways in which the camera operates in film. With its thorough grounding in the philosophy of spectatorship and narrative, Projecting a Camera takes the study of film to a new level. With the care and precision that he brought to Narrative Comprehension and Film, Edward Branigan maps the ways in which we must understand the role of the camera, the meaning of the frame, the role of the spectator, and other key components of film-viewing. By analyzing how we think, discuss, and marvel about the films we see, Projecting a Camera, offers insights rich in implications for our understanding of film and film studies.

Narrative Revisited

Point of view in the cinema: a theory of narration and subjectivity in classical film. Number 66 in Approaches to semiotics, ... Story and discourse: narrative structure in fiction and film, Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.

Author: Christian R. Hoffmann

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027256034

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 276

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Revised papers originally presented at the "International Conference on Narrative Revisited: Telling a Story in the Age of New Media," held in July 2007, and sponsored by the Department of English Linguistics at the University of Augsburg, in honor of WolframBublitz .

Terminal Identity

"This book should appeal to . . . anyone in the humanities disciplines working within the discourses of postmodernism. The scholarship is absolutely superior."--Vivian Sobchack, author of "Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film"

Author: Scott Bukatman

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822313405

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 404

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Scott Bukatman's Terminal Identity—referring to both the site of the termination of the conventional "subject" and the birth of a new subjectivity constructed at the computer terminal or television screen--puts to rest any lingering doubts of the significance of science fiction in contemporary cultural studies. Demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge, both of the history of science fiction narrative from its earliest origins, and of cultural theory and philosophy, Bukatman redefines the nature of human identity in the Information Age. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary theories of the postmodern—including Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway, and Jean Baudrillard—Bukatman begins with the proposition that Western culture is suffering a crisis brought on by advanced electronic technologies. Then in a series of chapters richly supported by analyses of literary texts, visual arts, film, video, television, comics, computer games, and graphics, Bukatman takes the reader on an odyssey that traces the postmodern subject from its current crisis, through its close encounters with technology, and finally to new self-recognition. This new "virtual subject," as Bukatman defines it, situates the human and the technological as coexistent, codependent, and mutally defining. Synthesizing the most provocative theories of postmodern culture with a truly encyclopedic treatment of the relevant media, this volume sets a new standard in the study of science fiction—a category that itself may be redefined in light of this work. Bukatman not only offers the most detailed map to date of the intellectual terrain of postmodern technology studies—he arrives at new frontiers, providing a propitious launching point for further inquiries into the relationship of electronic technology and culture.

Video Game Narrative and Criticism

“Genette and Film: Narrative Level in the Fiction Cinema”. Wide Angle 8.3/4 (1986): 19–26. Bordwell, David. Narration in the Fiction Film. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985. Bressler, Charles E. Literary Criticism: An ...

Author: T. Thabet

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137525543

Category: Social Science

Page: 86

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The book provides a comprehensive application of narrative theory to video games, and presents the player-response paradigm of game criticism. Video Game Narrative and Criticism explains the nature of gameplay - a psychological experience and a meaning-making process in the fictional world of video games.

New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics

Bordwell, David (1985) Narration in the Fiction Film, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. (1988) "ApProppriations and ImPropprieties: Problems in the Morphology of Film Narrative," Cinema Journal 27(3): 5-20.

Author: Robert Stam

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134963164

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Beyond Classical Narration

Bordwell, David 1985 Narration in the Fiction Film, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Branigan, Edward 1992 Narrative Comprehension and Film, London: Routledge. Burgoyne, Robert 1990 “The Cinematic Narrator: The Logic and ...

Author: Jan Alber

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110353242

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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This collection of essays looks at two important manifestations of postclassical narratology, namely transmedial narratology on the one hand, and unnatural narratology on the other. The articles deal with films, graphic novels, computer games, web series, the performing arts, journalism, reality games, music, musicals, and the representation of impossibilities. The essays demonstrate how new media and genres as well as unnatural narratives challenge classical forms of narration in ways that call for the development of analytical tools and modelling systems that move beyond classical structuralist narratology. The articles thus contribute to the further development of both transmedial and unnatural narrative theory, two of the most important manifestations of postclassical narratology.

Theory and the Novel

Relevantly, Chatman goes on to distinguish between mimetic narratives – for him, films – and diegetic narrativesnovels. This succinctly illustrates the confusion, since the representation – the mimesis – of the act of narrative ...

Author: Jeffrey Williams

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521430395

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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An analysis of the function of narrative across a range of novels.

Handbook of Narratology

“Genette and Film: Narrative Level in the Fiction Cinema.” Wide Angle 8.3–4, 19–26. Bordwell, David (1985). Narration in the Fiction Film. Madison: U of Wisconsin P. Branigan, Edward R. (1984). Point of View in the Cinema.

Author: Peter Hühn

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110217445

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 477

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This handbook in English provides a systematic overview of the present state of international research in narratology. Detailed individual studies by internationally renowned narratologists elucidate 34 central terms. The articles present original research contributions and are all structured in a similar manner. Each contains a concise definition and a detailed explanation of the term in question. In a main section they present a critical account of the major research positions and their historical development and indicate directions for future research; they conclude with selected bibliographical references.

The Documentary Film Book

... thus led to the conclusion that what distinguishes documentary from the fiction film is not the simple presence or absence of narrative. Narrative is never absent in documentary films, even if its presence is more or less marked.

Author: Brian Winston

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781838718756

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

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Powerfully posing questions of ethics, ideology, authorship and form, documentary film has never been more popular than it is today. Edited by one of the leading British authorities in the field, The Documentary Film Book is an essential guide to current thinking on documentary film. In a series of fascinating essays, key international experts discuss the theory of documentary, outline current understandings of its history (from pre-Flaherty to the post-Griersonian world of digital 'i-Docs'), survey documentary production (from Africa to Europe, and from the Americas to Asia), consider documentaries by marginalised minority communities, and assess its contribution to other disciplines and arts. Brought together here in one volume, these scholars offer compelling evidence as to why, over the last few decades, documentary has come to the centre of screen studies.