Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Narratology of Film

Date: April 16 - 18, 2008

Organizers: Susanne Kaul (Bielefeld), Timo Skrandies (Düsseldorf)

The conference treated mainly two aspects of current film analysis: the originally literary phenomenon of unreliable narration and audiovisual narration. The first having found its way into film analysis during the last decade by the inflationary production of films with final plot twists. Unreliability was characterized as a non-anthropomorphic phenomenon that belongs to the process of narration itself, which may cause narrational incoherencies of the story. The understanding of filmic storytelling therefore also requires sensual-oriented methods of understanding: emotional and atmospheric coherence hence become necessary elements of a film narratology. The academic discussion was rounded by a public representation of short films by Matthias Müller.

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