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Engaging the Moving Image$
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Noël Carroll

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091953

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091953.001.0001

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Fiction, Nonfiction, and the Film of Presumptive Assertion: Conceptual Analyses

Fiction, Nonfiction, and the Film of Presumptive Assertion: Conceptual Analyses

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(p.193) Chapter 9 Fiction, Nonfiction, and the Film of Presumptive Assertion: Conceptual Analyses
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Engaging the Moving Image
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Noël Carroll

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300091953.003.0009

This chapter focuses on an area of practice in both film studies and the culture at large that is typically labeled “the documentary,” or perhaps less frequently, “nonfiction film.” These labels are roughly serviceable for practical purposes, but they are not always as theoretically precise as they might be. Therefore, in this chapter, the author proposes another label for the field—namely, “films of presumptive assertion”—and attempts to define it. In response to this statement of intent, some may worry that this new label and its accompanying definition are stipulative and revisionist. However, the author argues that they track the extension of films that film scholars want to talk about and refer to better than the alternative candidates do.

Keywords:   films, film studies, culture, documentary, nonfiction film, films of presumptive assertion

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