Narrative Comprehension and Film

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415075121
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Sightlines Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
1 Narrative Schema 1
Psychological use value 1
Logical transformations in narrative 4
Pragmatic forms in narrative 8
Cognitive schemas and other ways of associating data 13
A proposal for a narrative schema 17
The Girl and Her Trust 20
Causality and schema 26
2 Story World and Screen 33
A preliminary delineation of narrative in film 33
Top-down perception 37
Temporal and spatial order 39
Causality and metaphor 44
Impossible story space 50
Screen space and stylistic metaphors 56
3 Narration 63
Knowing how 63
Disparities of knowledge 66
Hierarchies of knowledge 72
Nick Fury as an example 76
Forgetting and revising 83
4 Levels of Narration 86
Eight levels 86
An implied author and a chameleon text 92
Focalization 100
Communication 107
Text under a description 111
A comprehensive description of narrative 114
Five types of narrative theory 118
5 Subjectivity 125
Levels in Hangover Square 125
Separation of material and structure 140
What makes film subjective? A case study of Lady in the Lake 142
A synthesis: telling/showing/summary/scene 146
Subjectivity in narrative theories 150
How many cameras are in a film? 157
6 Objectivity and Uncertainty 161
From subjectivity to intersubjectivity 161
The historical present of invisible observation 164
Simultaneous time schemes 168
Flashback 173
Multiplicity in Letter from an Unknown Woman 177
7 Fiction 192
Fiction as partially determined reference 192
Psychologically real theories of fiction 196
Fictional pictures 198
Nonfictional pictures 202
Post-modernism and documentary in Sans Soleil 207
A brief conclusion 216
Notes 218
Works cited 288
Index 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

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    Edward Branigan offers us a great deal of substance and a range of attractive speculative insights. The book explain us how to relate the double argument about narrative in film and human perception as interpretive construals.

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