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Published: 04 June 2009

336 Pages | 10 halftones, 2 line illustrations


ISBN: 9780195371321

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Embodied Visions

Evolution, Emotion, Culture, and Film

Torben Grodal

  • Penned by major author in the rapidly expanding subfield of cognitive film studies - his first book on the subject is regarded as a foundational text in the area and he is a leading figure in international film theory
  • Propounds a groundbreaking, provocative examination of film and human evolution that uses cognitive science to analyze the aesthetics of cinema in a wide range of films, including works by John Ford, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, and Harold Ramis
  • Advances a controversial, cutting-edge thesis: Grodal persuasively puts forward a naturalist argument for the importance of biology/human nature in opposition to the dominant claim within film studies that culture is a social construction with no biological constraint from human nature

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