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The Cognitive Semiotics of Film

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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037150

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  • In The Cognitive Semiotics of Film, Warren Buckland argues that the conflict between cognitive film theory and contemporary film theory is unproductive. Examining and developing the work of 'cognitive film semiotics', a neglected branch of film theory that combines the insights of cognitive science with those of linguistics and semiotics, he investigates Michel Colin's cognitive semantic theory of film; Francesco Casetti and Christian Metz's theories of film enunciation; Roger Odin's cognitive-pragmatic film theory; and Michel Colin and Dominique Chateau's cognitive studies of film syntax, which are viewed within the framework of Noam Chomsky's transformational generative grammar. Presenting a survey of cognitive film semiotics, this study also re-evaluates the film semiotics of the 1960s, highlights the weaknesses of American cognitive film theory, and challenges the move toward 'post-theory' in film studies.

    • This book advances to the next stage of cognitive film theory
    • It is a survey of neglected European film theorists who combine semiotics with cognitive science
    • An investigation into how Christian Metz's pioneering film semiotics has reached maturation by assimilating concepts from cognitive science, pragmatics and Chomskyan linguistics
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    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037150
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgements
    1. The cognitive turn in film theory
    2. The body on screen and in frame: film and cognitive semantics
    3. Not what is seen through the window but the window itself: reflexivity, enunciation and film
    4. The institutional context: a semio-pragmatic approach to fiction and documentary film
    5. All in the mind? The cognitive status of film grammar
    Conclusion
    Notes
    Bibliography of works cited
    Index.

  • Author

    Warren Buckland, Liverpool John Moores University

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