Representing Reality

Representing Reality

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This book offers a conceptual overview of documentary filmmaking practice. It addresses numerous social issues and how they are presented to the viewer by means of style, rhetoric, and narrative technique. The volume poses questions about the relationship of the documentary tradition to power, the body, authority, knowledge, and our experience of history. This study advances the pioneering work of Nichols's earlier book, Ideology and the Image. The rigorous discussion of modes of documentary representation, the relationship between narrative and nonfiction, and the representation of the body (including a chapter on pornography, ethnography, and power), give this book enormous value for the study of visual anthropology and ethnographic film. The often neglected relationship between signifier and referent is the special focus of this intensive study of documentary film. The concluding discussion of the representation of the body will also be of special interest to semioticians.This is the mode closest to the classic expository essay or report and it has continued to be the primary means of relaying information and ... The expository mode, for example, raises ethical issues of voice: of how the text speaks objectively or persuasively (or as an instrument of propaganda). ... whose agreement is sought?

Title:Representing Reality
Author:Bill Nichols
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 1991


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