Film Narratology (Paperback)

Film Narratology By Peter Verstraten, Stefan Van Der Lecq (Translator) Cover Image

Film Narratology (Paperback)


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Most modern studies of narrative tend to focus predominantly on literature with only some reference to film. In Film Narratology, Peter W.J. Verstraten makes film narratives his primary focus, while noting the unexplored and essentially different narrative effects that film can produce with mise-en-sc ne, cinematography, and editing.

Reworking the definitive theory of narration offeredby literary scholar Mieke Bal, Film Narratology examines cinematic techniques such as external and internal narration, visual and auditive focalization, the narrative force of sound, and the ambiguities caused by voice-overs and flashbacks. Verstraten illustrates these narrative principles with a broad range of examples drawn from avant-garde cinema, golden age Hollywood, blockbusters, and European art cinema. Insightful and comprehensive, Film Narratology will surely become the standard reference of cinematic narration for film students and scholars.

Peter Verstraten is a lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of Leiden Stefan van der Lecq is an editor at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.
Product Details ISBN: 9780802095053
ISBN-10: 0802095054
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2009
Pages: 248
Language: English