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Screen Stories: Emotion and the Ethics of Engagement

Carl Plantinga


Screen Stories: Emotion and the Ethics of Engagement provides an account of the rhetorical and cultural power of storytelling on screens and develops an ethics of engagement that provides tools for the critic to respond to that power. Screen Stories first provides a theory of the persuasive influence of such “screen stories,” paying particular attention to the role of emotion. The book argues that the emotions a screen story elicits are key to its potential influence, functioning as an incentive for spectators to “cooperate,” helping to facilitate transfer of beliefs from text to world, and sp ... More

Keywords: ethics, film, television, storytelling, character engagement, identification, spectatorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190867133
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190867133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl Plantinga, author
Professor of Film and Media, Calvin College