From Plato to Lumière: Narration and Monstration in Literature and Cinema

From Plato to Lumière: Narration and Monstration in Literature and Cinema

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André Gaudreault

Translated by Timothy Barnard
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2009
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224 Pages
ISBN 9780802095862
Published Mar 2009
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With this lucid translation of Du litteraire au filmique, André Gaudreault's highly influential and original study of film narratology is now accessible to English-language audiences for the first time. Building a theory of narrative on sources as diverse as Plato, The Arabian Nights,and Proust, From Plato to Lumière challenges narratological orthodoxy by positing that all forms of narrative are mediated by an "underlying narrator" who exists between the author and narrative text.

Offering illuminating insights, definitions, and formal distinctions, Gaudreault examines the practices of novelists, playwrights, and filmmakers and applies his theory to the early cinema of the Lumière brothers and more recent films. He also enhances our understanding of how narrative develops visually without language - monstration - by detailing how the evolution of the medium influenced narratives in cinema. From Plato to Lumière includes a translation of Paul Ricoeur's preface to the French-language edition as well as a new preface by Tom Gunning. It is a must-read for cinema and media students and scholars and an essential text on the study of narrative.

André Gaudreault is a professor in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at l'Université de Montréal.

Timothy Barnard is a film historian, publisher, and translator based in Montreal.

'This translation of From Plato to Lumière will be greeted enthusiastically by English scholars who have not yet had the benefit of reading the work in its entirety, and will help to build an important bridge between French Quebec, France, and Anglo-American scholarship. The book's focus on early cinema, along with its theoretical precision, will make it required reading for all film courses and media scholars, and its publication in English will ensure that André Gaudreault's work finally gets the recognition it deserves.'

Janine Marchessault, Media & Culture, York University