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ERIC Number: ED345307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Developments in the Rhetorical Study of Film and Television.
Benson, Tom
Rhetorical studies of film and television arose more or less independently at a number of universities during the 1960s and 1970s. At Cornell University (New York), the accident of a combined speech and drama department gave rise to the study of the rhetoric of film. At the same time, other theorists were approaching film rhetoric from literature. The numbers of graduate theses and dissertations on the rhetoric of film, television, literature, and related subjects grew from a scattering in the 1950s and 1960s to a takeoff in the 1980s and early 1990s. It is clear that rhetoricians have been interested in the rhetoric of the arts since the earliest days of their discipline. Textbook analysis shows that writers no longer see public speaking as the only means of illustrating the range of rhetorical criticism; most at least make gestures toward "media" criticism. Recent rhetoric works by David Bordwell and by Seymour Chatman argue for new directions in the field. They suggest that criticism is not enough, and that the time has come for using critical analysis to extend historical and theoretical understandings. Rather than interpretation, a new mode of historical poetics would involve both attention to the nuances of film experience and criticism responsible to the theoretical positions it applies. (Ten notes are included; 114 references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Television Criticism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Pittsburgh, PA, April 25-28, 1992). Draft of work in progress.