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Rhetoric and Representation in Nonfiction Film examines the basic theoretical issues that ground any in-depth study of non-fiction film and video. Exploring the legitimacy of the distinction between fiction and nonfiction, Carl Plantinga here characterises nonfiction film in a new way. He surveys the functions of moving images in visual communication and shows how nonfiction discourse presents information through structural and stylistic analysis, among other topics. The author also examines several fundamental philosophical issues that are at the heart of nonfiction representation and communication, including the nature and functions of objectivity, reflexivity, and truth-telling. Rhetoric and Representation in Nonfiction Film takes a 'critical realist' perspective on these issues and offers an alternative to the dominant post-modernist and post-structuralist theories of non-fiction film.Read more
- Clear discussion of the central theoretical problems in non-fiction film and video
- Critical realist perspective offers distinct alternative to dominant Post-modernist and Post-structuralist accounts of non-fiction film
- Features many analyses of non-fiction films and videos
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- Date Published: August 1997
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521573269
- length: 267 pages
- dimensions: 237 x 161 x 26 mm
- weight: 0.558kg
- availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2006
Table of Contents
1. What is a non-fiction film?
2. Exemplars and expression
3. Moving image icons
4. Indices and the uses of images
5. Nonfiction discourse, 6.Voice and authority
8. Style and technique
9. The poetic voice
10. Nonfiction pragmatics and the limits of theory.
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