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Seeing Fictions in Film: The Epistemology of Movies

George M. Wilson


In works of literary fiction, it is fictional in the work that the words of the text are being recounted by some work‐internal ‘voice’—the literary narrator. One can ask similarly whether in movies it is fictional that the story is told in sights and sounds by a work‐internal subjectivity that orchestrates them—a cinematic narrator. In this book, it is argued that movies do involve a fictional recounting (an audio‐visual narration) in terms of the movie’s sound‐ and image‐track. Standardly, viewers are prompted to imagine_seeing the items and events in the movie’s fictional world and to imagin ... More

Keywords: Narrator, narration, fictional, imagine seeing, face‐to‐face seeing, mediated seeing, Fight Club, Scarlet Empress, The Man Who Wasn’t There

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199594894
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George M. Wilson, author
University of Southern California