He(u)retical Film Theory: When Cognitivism Meets Theory

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    In this essay, I shall offer a historical overview of cognitive approaches to film, before putting forward what to cognitive film theory might be an ‘heretical’ argument, in that I shall try to find ways in which cognitive film theory can work with, rather than against, more ‘classical’ film theory in order to enrich our understanding of cinema. I shall do this by looking at the concept of heuretics, as discussed by Christian Keathley in his book, Cinephilia and History, or The Wind in the Trees (2006). Before reaching this point, though, let us look at the history of cognitive film theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Anthem Handbook of Screen Theory
    EditorsHunter Vaughan, Tom Conley
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)978-1783088232
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • cognitive film theory
    • cinephilia
    • film-philosophy

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