RG+Hermeneutics - 1/3 RG Hermeneutics Reading Guide #3 OG...

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1/3 RG Hermeneutics Reading Guide #3 OG – Part 1, Chapter 23 – “Hermeneutics, reception aesthetics, and film interpretation” by Noel King, pp. 212-221 1. Right off the bat, the author addresses a dilemma in film criticism about how to understand the act of watching movies. What are the two positions? 2. Can you explain what are the issues in the double question that the author connects to hermeneutics and reception aesthetics? 3. What is hermeneutics? 4. Do viewers need to arrive at an appropriate reading of a film? 5. Can a viewer misread a movie? 6. Is the reading of a film within certain limits? 7. Can viewers do whatever they want with the film text? 8. What is Umberto Eco’s response to the “neo-pragmatists”? What does he mean by intentions ? 9. Note: Eco is an Italian semiotician, and author of The Name of the Rose and other fictional and theoretical books. Semiotics studies signs. One branch of semiotics explains that signs have two components. Signs are the inseparable connection between the signified (i.e. the animal or idea of the animal that barks) and the signifier (i.e. the sound of the word “dog”). Some examples of semiotics schools are those represented by Ferdinand de Saussure (signifier and signified), Roland Barthes (building up from Saussure, denotation, connotation, metatext), and Charles S. Pierce, founder of pragmatism. Pierce explains that the sign is
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2010 for the course CS 1371 taught by Professor Stallworth during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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