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

Overview

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.

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     ix
Introduction: The Rhetoric of Film and Film Studies   David Blakesley     1
Perspectives on Film and Film Theory as Rhetoric     17
Mapping the Other: The English Patient, Colonial Rhetoric, and Cinematic Representation   Alan Nadel     21
Rhetoric and the Early Work of Christian Metz: Augmenting Ideological Inquiry in Rhetorical Film Theory and Criticism   Ann Chisholm     37
Temptation as Taboo: A Psychorhetorical Reading of The Last Temptation of Christ   Martin J. Medhurst     55
Hyperrhetoric and the Inventive Spectator: Remotivating The Fifth Element   Byron Hawk     70
Time, Space, and Political Identity: Envisioning Community in Triumph of the Will   Ekaterina V. Haskins     91
On Rhetorical Bodies: Hoop Dreams and Constitutional Discourse   James Roberts     107
Rhetorical Perspectives on Film and Culture     125
Looking for the Public in the Popular: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Rhetoric of Collective Memory   Thomas W. Benson     129
Copycat, Serial Murder, and the (De)Terministic Screen Narrative   Philip L. Simpson     146
Opening the Text: Reading Gender, Christianity, and American Intervention in Deliverance   Davis W. Houck   Caroline J. S. Picart     163
From "World Conspiracy" to "Cultural Imperialism": The History of Anti-Plurocratic Rhetoric in German Film   Friedemann Weidauer     190
Perspectives on Films about Rhetoric     211
Rhetorical Conditioning: The Manchurian Candidate   Bruce Krajewski     213
Sophistry, Magic, and the Vilifying Rhetoric of The Usual Suspects   David Blakesley     234
Textual Trouble in River City: Literacy, Rhetoric, and Consumerism in The Music Man   Harriet Malinowitz     246
Screen Play: Ethos and Dialectics in A Time to Kill   Granetta L. Richardson     272
Postmodern Dialogics in Pulp Fiction: Jules, Ezekiel, and Double-Voiced Discourse   Kelly Ritter     286
Contributors     303
Index     307

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