Between Text and Image: Cinematographic Hermeneutics
Cinema has been called the seventh art. As a new form of artistic expression, cinema is deeply embedded in the Late Romantic ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk, an or "all-embracing art form". In this seminar we will focus on two main questions: what constitutes the singularity of cinema among the other arts in the 19th and 20th century, and which are the most appropriate hermeneutic devices to interpret the cinematic expression. Theoretical issues, such as the definition and the classification of arts, the influence of the medium on the message, the differences between visual, sound, and textual interpretation will be assessed through the examination of a wide array of examples from different periods and cinematic genera. Since cinema deploys itself in space and time, the conceptual lexicon by Bergson, Deleuze, Eco, Elsaesser and other will be used to understand the intermedial relationships between architecture, music, photography, literature, and cinema and the changes of its ontological status in postmodernity and in the digital era.