Willing Suspension of Disbelief

Willing Suspension of Disbelief : Poetic Faith in Film

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1817 term, a 'willing suspension of disbelief,' has survived and been used by film critics and others to describe what happens when a movie viewer watches a movie. While film scholars and professionals have alluded to the term in a parenthetical or tertiary manner, this manuscript makes a definitive account for the concept and provides a contemporary analysis of the film viewing process from a variety of critical and empirical perspectives.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 118 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739117785
  • 9780739117781

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Willing Suspension of Disbelief is impeccably reserached, the author excelling at synthesizing relevant literature ... The book emerges as a useful work that raises intriguing questions and research possibilities about the nature and function of viewer imagination. It will appeal to readers interested in how audiences experience film and how that process gives film its meaning and import. Journal of Film and Video, Winter 2009 We in academia tend to put a great deal of energy into putting up walls between one methodology and the next. Tony Ferri exposes the futility of that endeavor in this delightfully eclectic examination of the WILLING SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF. By closely examining this single concept from a variety of perspectives, he lets his reader experience scholarly analysis at its most liberating and joyful. -- Brad Chisholm, Professor of Film Studies, St. Cloud State Universityshow more

About Anthony J. Ferri

Anthony J. Ferri, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Willing Suspension of Disbelief Chapter 2 Theoretical Approaches to Film Viewing Chapter 3 Films In and Out of Transport Chapter 4 Empirical Approach to Film Viewing Chapter 5 Enter the Digital World Chapter 6 Mapping the Audience: A Model of Film Viewing Chapter 7 Poetic Faithshow more