By Andre Gaudreault, Timothy Barnard
With this lucid translation of Du litteraire au filmique, André Gaudreault's hugely influential and unique learn of movie narratology is now available to English-language audiences for the 1st time. development a concept of narrative on resources as different as Plato, The Arabian Nights,and Proust, From Plato to Lumière demanding situations narratological orthodoxy by means of positing that each one different types of narrative are mediated by way of an "underlying narrator" who exists among the writer and narrative textual content. supplying illuminating insights, definitions, and formal differences, Gaudreault examines the practices of novelists, playwrights, and filmmakers and applies his conception to the early cinema of the Lumière brothers and newer movies. He additionally complements our realizing of ways narrative develops visually with out language - monstration - by way of detailing how the evolution of the medium motivated narratives in cinema. From Plato to Lumière encompasses a translation of Paul Ricoeur's preface to the French-language variation in addition to a brand new preface by way of Tom Gunning. it's a must-read for cinema and media scholars and students and a vital textual content at the learn of narrative.