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„Kłopotliwe” ciała. Strategie przedstawiania fizycznej „anormalności” we współczesnym filmie fikcji
‘Troublesome’ bodies. Strategies of depicting physical ‘abnormality’ in contemporary fiction film

Author(s): Adam Cybulski
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Media studies, Sociology of Culture, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: body; contemporary film; stigma; ‘abnormality’; strategies of depicting; visual attraction
Summary/Abstract: Within disability studies, discipline developing for the last thirty years, subject of particular interest were audio-visual representations of physical ‘abnormality’. However, in scientific literature it is storyline and generally understood occurrences that are analysed: personal traits of disabled protagonist, his or her social status, actions, introspections or his or her relationship with the society. The question of stylistic and narration devices, and the aesthetics of display-oriented construction of defectiveness are usually not taken into consideration. In order to add to and broaden this perspective author of this dissertation used selected methods of Neoformalism and Cognitive film theory. Strategy of narration, diegetic dominant and viewer engagement helped in exhibiting how defective bodies were used as visual attractions, distinguishing four modes of contemporary storytelling discussed in context of a long tradition of portraying visible dissimilarities and explaining methods of managing ‘troublesome’ bodies with instances of narrating.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-8220-625-8
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-8220-624-1
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Polish