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Film Theory : Rational Reconstructions.

Author: Warren Buckland
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor & Francis, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions, Warren Buckland asks a series of questions about how film theory gets written in the first place: How does it select its objects of study and its methods of inquiry? How does it make discoveries and explain filmic phenomena? And, How does it formulate and solve theoretical problems? He asks these questions of film theory through a rational reconstruction and a classical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Buckland, Warren.
Film Theory : Rational Reconstructions.
Hoboken : Taylor & Francis, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Warren Buckland
ISBN: 9780203143667 0203143663
OCLC Number: 798532500
Description: 1 online resource (203 pages)
Contents: Front Cover; Film Theory; Copyright Page; Contents; List of figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Rationally reconstructing film theory; 1. An improbable alliance: Peter Wollen's 'The Auteur Theory'; 2. Visual stylometry: Barry Salt's 'Statistical Style Analysis of Motion Pictures'; 3. Between Shakespeare and Sirk: Thomas Elsaesser's 'Tales of Sound and Fury: Observations on the Family Melodrama'; 4. From iconicity to semiotic articulation: Christian Metz's 'Cinema: Language or Language System?' and Language and Cinema. 5. Film as a specific signifying practice: Stephen Heath's 'On Screen, In Frame: Film and Ideology'6. Against theories of reflection: Laura Mulvey's 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema'; 7. Early cinema spectatorship: Tom Gunning's 'The Cinema of Attraction(s): Early Film, Its Spectator, and the Avant-Garde'; 8. Another Lacan: Slavoj Žižek's 'The Universal: Suture Revisited'; 9. The death of the camera: Edward Branigan's 'What is a Camera?'; Conclusion: Teaching theory; Bibliography; Index.

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In Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions, Warren Buckland asks a series of questions about how film theory gets written in the first place: How does it select its objects of study and its methods of inquiry? How does it make discoveries and explain filmic phenomena? And, How does it formulate and solve theoretical problems? He asks these questions of film theory through a rational reconstruction and a classical commentary. Both frameworks clarify and reformulate vague and inexact expressions, redefine obscure concepts, and examine the underlying logic of film theory arguments. This not only su.

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