Speaking Pictures

Speaking Pictures : Neuropsychoanalysis and Authorship in Film and Literature

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Alistair Fox presents a theory of literary and cinematic representation through the lens of neurological and cognitive science in order to understand the origins of storytelling and our desire for fictional worlds. Fox contends that fiction is deeply shaped by emotions and the human capacity for metaphorical thought. Literary and moving images bridge emotional response with the cognitive side of the brain. In a radical move to link the neurosciences with psychoanalysis, Fox foregrounds the interpretive experience as a way to reach personal emotional equilibrium by working through autobiographical issues within a fictive form.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.57mm | 572g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253020875
  • 9780253020871

Review quote

"Very rich argumentation that progressively constructs its object, shifting with much skill from the conceptual elaboration of its global perspective to the various concrete examples of works approached so to give it flesh and blood." -Raymond Bellour, film critic, theorist, and author of The Analysis of Filmshow more

About Alistair Fox

Alistair Fox is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is author of Jane Campion: Authorship and Personal Cinema (IUP, 2011), translator of Anne Gillain's Francois Truffaut: The Lost Secret (IUP, 2013), and editor (with Raphaelle Moine, Hilary Radner, and Michel Marie) of A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Changing Configurations in Theories of Fictive Representation2. Why Does Fictive Representation Exist?3. The Wellsprings of Fictive Creativity4. The Materials of Fictive Invention5. The Informing Role of Fantasy6. The Shaping of Fictive Scenarios by the Author: Motivations, Strategies, and Outcomes7. The Exploitation of Generic Templates and Intertexts as Vehicles for Affect-Regulation8. Theories of Reception in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries9. A Neuropsychoanalytic Theory of Reception10. Intersubjective Attunement, Filiation and the Re-creative Process: Jules and Jim--from Henri-Pierre Roche to Francois Truffaut11. The Conversion of Autobiographical Emotion into Symbolic Figuration: William Shakespeare's Hamlet12. Tracking a Personal Myth through an Oeuvre: the Films of Francois OzonConclusionFilmographySelect BibliographyIndexshow more