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Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance

Cognitive Approaches to German Historical Film

Seeing is Not Believing

Authors: William, Jennifer

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  • Offers the first in-depth analysis of German Film with a Cognitive Studies approach
  • Focuses on contemporary German historical films, many of which had broad, international audiences
  • Argues that evoking a strong empathic response at both the affective and cognitive levels films can have a lasting impact on viewers
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This book explores how minds at the movies understand minds in the movies and introduces readers to some fundamental principles of Cognitive Studies—namely conceptual blending, Theory of Mind, and empathy/perspective-taking—through their application to film analysis. A cognitive approach to recent popular historical films demonstrates cinema’s potential to stimulate viewers’ critical thinking about crucial events of the past century. Diverging from the focus on narrative processing in traditional cognitivist theory, this book examines film reception and production in the context of the latest developments in cognitive and social psychology. Turning to German cinema as a case study for this interdisciplinary partnership, Jennifer Marston William offers a fresh look at some internationally successful films of the twenty-first century, including Nowhere in Africa, Goodbye, Lenin!, Sophie Scholl, Downfall, The Lives of Others, and The Baader-Meinhof Complex.

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Jennifer Marston William is Professor of German in the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University, USA, where she is affiliated with the interdisciplinary programs in Jewish Studies and Film & Video Studies, and is a founding member of the Center for Cognitive Literary Studies.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cognitive Approaches to German Historical Film
Book Subtitle
Seeing is Not Believing
Authors
Series Title
Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-39318-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-39318-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-39317-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81865-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 200
Number of Illustrations
5 illustrations in colour
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