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Cinema and Semiotic: Peirce and Film Aesthetics, Narration, and Representation - Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication (Hardback)
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Cinema and Semiotic: Peirce and Film Aesthetics, Narration, and Representation - Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication (Hardback)

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Hardback 670 Pages / Published: 16/03/2005
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'Meaning' in cinema is very complex, and the flood of theories that define it have, in certain ways, left cinematic meaning meaningless. Johannes Ehrat's analysis of meaning in cinema has convinced him that what is needed is greater philosophical reflection on the construction of meaning. In Cinema and Semiotic, he attempts to resurrect meaning by employing Charles S. Peirce's theories on semiotics to debate the major contemporary film theories that have diluted it. Based on Peirce's Semiotic and Pragmatism, Ehrat offers a novel approach to cinematic meaning in three central areas: narrative enunciation, cinematic world appropriation, and cinematic perception. Attempting a comprehensive theory of cinema - instead of the regional 'middle-ground' theories that function only on certain 'common-sense' assumptions that borrow uncritically from psychophysiology - Ehrat further demonstrates how a semiotic approach grasps the nature of time, not in a psychological manner, but rather cognitively, and provides a new understanding of the particular filmic sign process that relates a sign to the existence or non-existence of objects. Never before has Peirce been so fruitfully employed for the comprehension of meaning in cinema.

Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802039125
Number of pages: 670
Weight: 1060 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 53 mm

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