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Kristyn Gorton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624171

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624171.001.0001

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Theorising Emotion in Film and Television

Theorising Emotion in Film and Television

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(p.72) 5 Theorising Emotion in Film and Television
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Media Audiences
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Kristyn Gorton

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624171.003.0006

This chapter turns to film theory where the concept of emotion has been explored primarily through research by cognitive film theorists. Television is still a new area in terms of work on emotion and affect, so it is necessary to draw on theoretical models within film studies in order to think about how these ideas might be transposed to television studies. In so doing, this chapter also discusses television aesthetics and the 'quality' debate. Moving away from generalised ideas of feelings towards formal qualities in the television text, this chapter considers how 'emotion markers,' 'mood cues,' 'the scene of empathy,' music, identification and aesthetic qualities work together to produce emotion.

Keywords:   Emotion in Film and Television, Television aesthetics, Quality television, Cognitive film theory, Psychoanalytic approaches to film and television

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