A pragmatic framework for the cognitive study of documentary

Brylla, Catalin ORCID: 0000-0003-0602-5818 and Kramer, Mette (2018) A pragmatic framework for the cognitive study of documentary. Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind, 12 (2). ISSN 1934-9688 (In Press)

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Abstract

Traditionally, there has been little intersection between cognitive film theory and documentary studies. This article initially outlines the main reasons for this lacuna, but also highlights the few existing exceptions. Whilst these remain too embryonic to initiate a large, overarching and evolving discourse, they constitute seminal landmarks and stepping stones for the future of cognitive documentary studies, which, as we argue, needs to be a pragmatic endeavor. Based on this premise, we propose a research framework consisting of four areas of interest: the mediation of realities, character engagement, emotion and embodied experience, and documentary practice. This framework takes into account intratextual and extratextual aspects in relation to documentary production and reception, as well as potential social impacts. The aim is to address a wide spectrum of documentaries, including classical, but also contemporary forms that deviate from the orthodox doctrine of factuality, such as essay films, performative documentaries, docudramas, and animated documentaries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive film theory, documentary
Subjects: Film and television > Film theory
Film and television > Screen studies
Psychology
Depositing User: Catalin Brylla
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 14:14
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 07:14
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4810

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