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LINGUIST List 23.4051

Mon Oct 01 2012

Books: The Discourse of Italian Cinema and Beyond: Piazza

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 27-Sep-2012
From: Ellena Moriarty <Ellena.Moriartybloomsbury.com>
Subject: The Discourse of Italian Cinema and Beyond: Piazza
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Title: The Discourse of Italian Cinema and Beyond
Subtitle: Let Cinema Speak
Series Title: Advances in Stylistics

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
http://www.continuumbooks.com


Book URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=169397&SearchType=Basic


Author: Roberta Piazza

Paperback: ISBN: 1441178872 9781441178879 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 27.99


Abstract:

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.

Contents:1. Background and Introduction \ 2. The verbal-visual interrelation in cinema \ 3. The focus on the representation of conflict in film \ 4. Confrontational discourse in comedy and the disengagement of dramatic talk \ 5. Spaghetti and American westerns: textual conflict marking the clash between opposing masculinities \ 6. The struggle for narrative autonomy in Antonioni's When Love Fails \ 7. The discourse of identity and confrontation in Mohsen Melliti's Me, the Other \ 8. Conclusions \ 9. References and filmography \ Index



Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
Stylistics


Written In: English (eng)

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