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Film Structure and the Emotion System

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ISBN-10: 0521037352

ISBN-13: 9780521037358

Edition: 2007

Authors: Greg M. Smith

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Synthesizing recent research on emotion in cognitive psychology and neurology, this study provides a more nuanced understanding of how film evokes emotion. Although the experience of emotion is central to movie-viewing, film studies have not focused on the emotions, relying instead on vague psychoanalytic concepts of desire. This volume describes a grounded approach to analyzing the emotional appeal of a wide variety of films (from Casablanca to Stranger than Paradise, from Renoir to Spielberg), showing how style and narration call upon the viewer's emotion system.
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Bruce Robbins is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. He is the author of Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, and Culture and The Servant's Hand. He has also edited several collections, the latest of which is Cosmopolitics, with Pheng Cheah.Greg M. Smith teaches media studies at Carlow College in Pittsburgh, PA. He is coediting Passionate Views: Thinking About Film and Emotion.

Developing the Approach
An invitation to feel
The emotion system and nonprototypical emotions
The mood-cure approach to filmic emotion
Other cogniticisms
Analyzing Films' Emotional Appeals
'Couldn't you read between those pitiful lines?' feeling for Stella Dallas
Stike-ing out: the partial success of early Eisenstein's emotional appeal
Lyricism and unevenness: emotional transitions in Renoir's A Day in the Country and The Lower Depths
Emotion work: The Joy Luck Club and the limits of the emotion system
'I was misinformed': nostalgia and uncertainty in Casablanca
An invitation to interpret
Appendix: The neurological basis of psychoanalytic film theory: Metz's emotional debt to Freud the biologist