A cognitive framework of documentary spectatorship

Brylla, Catalin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0602-5818 (2017) A cognitive framework of documentary spectatorship. In: Film-Philosophy Conference, 3-6 July 2017, Lancaster University, UK. (Unpublished)

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Traditionally, there has been little convergence between cognitive and documentary film studies. Cognitive film scholars have largely focused on fiction films, whilst documentary scholars have deemed cognitive models too limited in that they address only the hardwired attributes of audience reception, thus hypothesizing a universal body of spectators and neglecting individual, social, cultural and historical contexts of spectatorship. Cognitive scholars have only tentatively explored documentary in relation to, amongst others, the specificity of documentary in relation to fiction (e.g. Currie, 1999; Ponech, 1999; Carroll, 2003), different modes of narrative address (e.g. Odin, 1984; Plantinga, 1997; Smith, 2007) and the reception of documentary texts (e.g. Bondebjerg, 1994; Eitzen, 1995). Although all these texts are rigorous and constitute seminal landmarks that establish key paradigms for our endeavour, they remain largely embryonic and isolated from a larger, overarching discourse. I argue that creating such a discourse requires a synergistic approach, discussed in this paper.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Film and television > Film theory
Film and television > Screen studies
Depositing User: Catalin Brylla
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 16:44
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:23
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3619

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