The Terministic Screen: Rhetorical Perspectives on Film / Edition 3

The Terministic Screen: Rhetorical Perspectives on Film / Edition 3

by David Blakesley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809328291

ISBN-13: 9780809328291

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

The Terministic Screen: Rhetorical Perspectives on Film examines the importance of rhetoric in the study of film and film theory. Rhetorical approaches to film studies have been widely practiced, but rarely discussed until now. Taking on such issues as Hollywood blacklisting, fascistic aesthetics, and postmodern dialogics, editor David Blakesley presents

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The Terministic Screen: Rhetorical Perspectives on Film examines the importance of rhetoric in the study of film and film theory. Rhetorical approaches to film studies have been widely practiced, but rarely discussed until now. Taking on such issues as Hollywood blacklisting, fascistic aesthetics, and postmodern dialogics, editor David Blakesley presents fifteen critical essays that examine rhetoric’s role in such popular films as The Fifth Element, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Usual Suspects, Deliverance, The English Patient, Pulp Fiction, The Music Man, Copycat, Hoop Dreams, and A Time to Kill.

Aided by sixteen illustrations, these insightful essays consider films rhetorically, as ways of seeing and not seeing, as acts that dramatize how people use language and images to tell stories and foster identification.

Contributors include David Blakesley, Alan Nadel, Ann Chisholm, Martin J. Medhurst, Byron Hawk, Ekaterina V. Haskins, James Roberts, Thomas W. Benson, Philip L. Simpson, Davis W. Houck, Caroline J.S. Picart, Friedemann Weidauer, Bruce Krajewski, Harriet Malinowitz, Granetta L. Richardson, and Kelly Ritter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809328291
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Rhetoric of Film and Film Studies1
Pt. 1Perspectives on Film and Film Theory as Rhetoric17
1Mapping the Other: The English Patient, Colonial Rhetoric, and Cinematic Representation21
2Rhetoric and the Early Work of Christian Metz: Augmenting Ideological Inquiry in Rhetorical Film Theory and Criticism37
3Temptation as Taboo: A Psychorhetorical Reading of The Last Temptation of Christ55
4Hyperrhetoric and the Inventive Spectator: Remotivating The Fifth Element70
5Time, Space, and Political Identity: Envisioning Community in Triumph of the Will92
6On Rhetorical Bodies: Hoop Dreams and Constitutional Discourse107
Pt. 2Rhetorical Perspectives on Film and Culture125
7Looking for the Public in the Popular: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Rhetoric of Collective Memory129
8Copycat, Serial Murder, and the (De)Terministic Screen Narrative146
9Opening the Text: Reading Gender, Christianity, and American Intervention in Deliverance163
10From "World Conspiracy" to "Cultural Imperialism": The History of Anti-Plutocratic Rhetoric in German Film190
Pt. 3Perspectives on Films about Rhetoric211
11Rhetorical Conditioning: The Manchurian Candidate213
12Sophistry, Magic, and the Vilifying Rhetoric of The Usual Suspects234
13Textual Trouble in River City: Literacy, Rhetoric, and Consumerism in The Music Man246
14Screen Play: Ethos and Dialectics in A Time to Kill272
15Postmodern Dialogics in Pulp Fiction: Jules, Ezekiel, and Double-Voiced Discourse286
Contributors303
Index307

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