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Embodied Visions: Evolution, Emotion, Culture and Film

Torben Grodal


This book provides analysis of how human biology, as well as human culture, determines the ways films are made and experienced. This new approach is called “bioculturalism.” The book shows how important formats, such as films for children, romantic films, pornography, fantasy films, horror films, and sad melodramas, appeal to an array of different emotions that have been ingrained in the human embodied brain by the evolutionary process. The book also discusses how these biological dispositions are molded by culture. It explains why certain themes and emotions fascinate viewers all over the glo ... More

Keywords: cognitive film theory, evolution, bioculturalism, film genre, film emotions, visual aesthetics, narrative theory, film simulation, culture studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195371314
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Torben Grodal, author
University of Copenhagen