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Discourse of Italian Cinema and Beyond : Let Cinema Speak - Roberta Piazza

Discourse of Italian Cinema and Beyond

Let Cinema Speak

Hardcover Published: 14th February 2011
ISBN: 9781441136978
Number Of Pages: 272

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Roberta Piazza's book is a linguistic investigation of the dialogue of Italian cinema covering a selection of films from the 1950s to the present day. It looks at how speech is dealt with in studies of the cinema and tackles the lack of engagement with dialogue in film studies. It explores the representation of discourse in cinema -- the way particular manifestations of verbal interaction are reproduced in film. Whereas representation generally refers to the language used in texts to assign meaning to a group and its social practices, here discourse representation more directly refers to the relationship between real-life and cinematic discourse. Piazza analyses how fictional dialogue reinterprets authentic interaction in order to construe particular meanings. Beginning by exploring the relationship between discourse and genre, the second half of the book takes a topic-based approach and reflects on the themes of narrative and identity. The analysis carried out takes on board the multi-semiotic and multimodal components of film discourse. The book uses also uses concepts and methodologies from pragmatics, conversation analysis and discourse analysis.

Acknowledgementsp. x
Background and introductionp. 1
Background and aims of the studyp. 1
Relevance of dialogue in the context of a filmp. 7
The organization of the study and core notionsp. 15
Organization of the studyp. 20
'If you could say it with words, there'd be no reason to paint'. The verbal-visual interrelation in cinemap. 27
Introductionp. 27
Methodology for the investigation of the verbal-visual interactionp. 28
The categories of anticipation, post-hoc commentary and conflictualityp. 34
A final reflection on the verbal-visual relationshipp. 43
Methodology of the study: the focus on the representation of conflict in filmp. 45
Introduction. General aims of the studyp. 45
The verbal dimension. Conflict as the lens for the analysis of film dialoguep. 47
The visual dimensionp. 52
The datap. 56
The methodological framework for the study of conflict in filmp. 58
Conclusionp. 63
Confrontational discourse in comedy and the disengagement of dramatic talkp. 65
Introductionp. 65
The tool kit for the analysis of conflict in comedy and melodramap. 66
Questions of film genre and the definition of the corpusp. 67
The analysis of film dialogue. Verbal confrontation in Italian comedyp. 69
The analysis of conflict talk in melodramap. 85
Discussion of the results and concluding remarksp. 98
Spaghetti and American Westerns: textual conflict between opposing masculinitiesp. 105
Introductionp. 105
The Italian and American Westernsp. 107
Irony as the expression of verbal conflict in Westernsp. 110
The linguistic scholarship on ironyp. 114
Analysis: the cowboys' use of ironyp. 119
Beyond words: multimodalityp. 136
Discussion of the results and conclusionp. 145
The struggle for narrative autonomy in Antonioni's When Love Failsp. 149
Introductionp. 149
The background of the study of Antonioni's filmp. 150
Contextualization of the study and methodologyp. 152
The filmp. 156
Verbal-visual analysisp. 157
Final discussion and conclusionp. 181
Conflict of shifting identities in Mohsen Melliti's Me, the Otherp. 183
Introduction. The director and the filmp. 183
The discourse of identityp. 184
Performing identities: from plurality to duality in Me, the Otherp. 188
Conclusionp. 212
Concluding remarksp. 215
Notesp. 227
References and filmographyp. 235
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9781441136978
ISBN-10: 1441136975
Series: Advances in Stylistics
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 14th February 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.75  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1