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Moving Pictures: A New Theory of Film Genres, Feelings, and Cognition

Torben Grodal


This book is a bold theoretical account of the role of emotions and cognition in producing the aesthetic effects of film and television genres. It argues that film genres are mental structures that integrate sensations, emotions, and actions, activating the viewer's body and mind. Using recent developments in neuroscience and cognitive science, in combination with narrative theory and film theory, the author provides an alternative account to that offered by psychoanalysis explaining identification and the correlation of viewer reaction with specific film genres. The book concludes with an ana ... More

Keywords: film theory, television, emotion, cognition, aesthetics, sensation, narrative theory, film studies, emotional structure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159834
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159834.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Torben Grodal, author
University of Copenhagen