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May 6, 2003

Narrative Psychology Search

[Narrative Psychology]

  Film, Media, and Narrative



Film and Media: Printed and Net Resources

The resources listed below offer a general scholarly overview of the domain of film criticism with reference to issues of moment to narrative psychology. The works of Bordwell (1985; 1989) and Branigan (1984; 1992) are particularly relevant. The introduction to film criticism of Bywater & Sobchack (1989) has been very well received and can provide the necessary background to Konigsberg's (1994) review of film theories.

Students of narrative psychology may be interested in descriptions of the early film industry as camera and editing techniques were originally constructed and the problems of continuity and interconnecting narrative subthemes within a film's plot were first mastered. The questions of how audiences (a) learn to see a film using a visually-mediated vocabulary and (b) relearn how to view a film with changing editing and presentation techniques relates directly to narrative issues of the social construction of meaning.

The Media and Communication Studies Site
Daniel Chandler
Department of Theater, Film, & Television Studies
University of Wales, Aberystwyth

An encyclopedic gathering of resources involving Active Interpretation, Advertising, Film Studies, Gender, Ethnicity, General Issues, General Reference, IT & Telecoms, Media Education, Media Influence, News Media, Pop Music/Youth,Textual Analysis, TV & Radio,Visual Image, the Written & Spoken Word.

Voice of the Shuttle: Web Page for Humanities Research
Alan Liu, Department of English
UC Santa Barbara

Narrative and the Media (Medwyn Jones, North East Wales Institute)

Internet Movie Database

Media Ecology Assocation

Aumont, J. (1989, August). The point of view. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 11, 1-22.

Bordwell, D. (1985). Narration in the fiction film. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. [PN1995 .P6173 1985]

Bordwell, D. (1988, Spring). ApProppriations and ImPropprieties: Problems in the morphology of film narrative. Cinema Journal, 27, 5-20.

Bordwell, D. (1989). Making meaning: Inference and rhetoric in the interpretation of cinema. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. [PN1995 .B6172 1989]

Bordwell, D. (1998). On the history of film style. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Bordwell, D., & Thompson, K. (2000). Film art: An introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Branigan, E. (1984). Point of view in the cinema: A theory of narration and subjectivity in classical film. New York: Mouton.

Branigan, E. (1992). Narrative comprehension and film. New York: Routledge [PN1995.3.B73 1992]

Bywater, T., & Sobchack, T. (1989). An introduction to film criticism: Major critical approaches to narrative film. New York: Longman. [PN1995 .B9 1989]

Cameron, I. (Ed.). (1992). The book of film noir. New York: Continuum [PN1995.9.F54 B66 1993]

Chatman, S. B. (1980). Story and discourse: Narrative structure in fiction and film. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Chatman, S. B. (1990). Coming to terms: The rhetoric of narrative in fiction and film. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. [PN212 .C47 1990]

Cook, D. A. (1990). A history of narrative film (2nd ed.). New York: Norton. [PN1993.5.A1 C65 1990] ( for first edition, 1980, only)

Gunning, T. (1991). D. W. Griffith and the origins of American narrative film: The early years at Biograph. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press. [PN1998.3.G76 G8 1991]

Guynn, W. H. (1990). A cinema of nonfiction. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. [PN1995.9.D6 G89 1990]

Kinder, M. (1991, December). The Spanish oedipal narrative from Raza to Bilbao. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 13, 67-94.

Konigsberg, I. (1994). Film theory. In M. Groden & M. Kreiswirth (Eds.), The Johns Hopkins guide to literary theory and criticism (pp. 268-273). Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press. [REF PN81.J554 1994]

Man, G. (1993, Fall). Gender, genre, and myth in Thelma and Louise. Film Criticism, 18, 36-53.

Monaco, J. (2000). How to read a film: The world of movies, media, and multimedia: Language, history, theory (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Neale, S. (1991, Spring). Aspects of ideology and narrative form in the American war film. Screen (London, England), 32, 35-57.

Nichols, B. (1987, Fall). History, myth, and narrative in documentary. Film Quarterly, 41, 9-20.

Odin, R. (1994). Narrative comprehended [review of the book Narrative comprehension and film]. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 15(3), 35-46.

Palmer, J., & Riley, M. (1995). Seeing, believing, and "knowing" in narrative film: Don't Look Now revisited. Literature/Film Quarterly, 23(1), 14-25.

Perez, G. (1991, November 4). In the beginning [reviews of the books Babel and Babylon; Before the Nickelodeon: Edwin S. Porter and the Edison Manufacturing Company; D. W. Griffith and the origins of American narrative film, and others]. Nation, 253, 557-560.

Prince, G. (1992, Fall). Reviewing narratology [review of the book Coming to terms: The rhetoric of narrative in fiction and film'. Comparative Literature, 44, 409-414.

Rush, J. S. (1990, May). Who's in on the joke: Parody as hybridized narrative discourse. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 12, 5-12.

Sharrett, C. (Ed.). (1993). Crisis cinema: The apocalyptic idea in postmodern narrative film. Washington, DC: Maisonneuve Press.

Telotte, J. P. (1989). Voices in the dark: The narrative patterns of film noir. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press. [PN1995.9.F54 T44 1989]

Turim, M. (1989). Flashbacks in film: Memory and history. New York: Routledge. [PN1995.9.F56T87 1989]

Turner, G. (1986). National fictions: Literature, film, and the construction of Australian narrative. Boston: Allen & Unwin. [PR9612.6.N37 T87 1986]

Turner, G. (1993). The genres are American: Australian narrative, Australian film, and the problem of genre. Literature/Film Quarterly, 21(2), 102-111.

Suggested Films

Note About Feature and Nonfiction/Documentary Film Suggestions

The films listed below were chosen because they offer a representative sample of very good-to-excellent works illustrating many issues raised by the narrative viewpoint and examined among the printed research materials listed above. A subset of these films might serve to structure a thematic treatment of important topics; possible questions include:

Suggested Feature Films

(Note: Film titles preceded by a cross [+] are found in the LeMoyne College Library Media collection)

Age of Innocence, The
All Quiet on the Western Front
American Graffiti
+Apocalypse Now (see Hearts of Darkness, nonfiction)
+Atlantic City
+Babette's Feast
Bang The Drum Slowly
+Blow Up
+Blue Velvet
Boyz N The Hood
Children of A Lesser God
+Cinema Paradiso
+Citizen Kane
+City Lights (1931)
+Color Purple, The
Coming Home
Conversation, The
Crying Game, The
+Dead, The
Deer Hunter, The
Desperately Seeking Susan
+Do The Right Thing
Doctor, The
+Driving Miss Daisy
Drugstore Cowboy
El Norte
+Europa, Europa
+Four Hundred (400) Blows, The
+Godfather Trilogy (Parts I, II, & III)
+Grand Illusion (1937; French)
+Grapes of Wrath, The
Great Santini, The
I Never Sang For My Father
In Cold Blood
+Informer, The
+Jean de Florette & Manon of the Spring
Last Picture Show, The
+Longtime Companion
Lost Weekend, The
+Magnificent Ambersons, The
Man of A Thousand Faces
Manchurian Candidate, The
Midnight Cowboy
Miracle Worker, The
+My Father's Glory & My
Mother's Castle
My Own Private Idaho
Naked City, The
Natural, The
Nothing But A Man
+Open City (1946; Italian)
Pawnbroker, The
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The
Pulp Fiction
+Raging Bull
+Room with a View, A
+Schindler's List
+sex, lies, and videotape
Sophie's Choice
Stand By Me
State of Siege
+Streetcar Named Desire, A
Suddenly Last Summer
+Sunset Boulevard
Tales of the City (PBS Series)
Taxi Driver
+Terms of Endearment
Thelma and Louise
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
+Third Man, The
+To Kill A Mockingbird
+Twelve Angry Men
+Umberto D (1955; Italian)
+Whales of August, The
+Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Some Suggested Nonfiction and Documentary Films



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