Cinematic Realism: A Defence from Plato to Gaut

McGregor, Rafe (2018) Cinematic Realism: A Defence from Plato to Gaut. The British Journal of Aesthetics, 58 (3). pp. 225-239. ISSN 0007-0904 DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/aesthj/ayy022

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to defend a particular kind of cinematic realism, anti-illusionism, which is the thesis that cinematic motion is real. Following a brief introduction to realism and cinema in Section 1, I analyse Berys Gaut’s taxonomy of cinematic realism and define anti-illusionism in Section 2. Section 3 contrasts the anti-illusionist theories of Gregory Currie and Trevor Ponech with the illusionist theories of Andrew Kania and Gaut. I reconceptualize the debate in terms of Tom Gunning’s cinematic animation in Section 4, focusing on the question of cinematic singletons. In Section 5 I argue that cinematic singletons both exist and undergo objective displacement—and thus for anti-illusionism. I conclude, in Sections 6–7, with responses to potential objections to my argument from Kania and Gaut.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Law and Criminology
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 10:52
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10862

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