Multimodal analysis of the film father and daughter : narrative construction and construal of emotions

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Multimodal analysis of the film father and daughter : narrative construction and construal of emotions

 

Author: Chen, Hanliang Clement
Title: Multimodal analysis of the film father and daughter : narrative construction and construal of emotions
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2016
Subject: Motion pictures and language.
Discourse analysis.
Communication in design.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: iv, 63 pages : color illustrations
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2917048
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/8628
Abstract: Filmic analysis has been through a long period since the first movie came out in 1985. Since then, many theorists have participated in analysing film as an artistic form. Among all the theorists, Kress & van Leeuwen have made the best effort. Taking systemic functional linguistics as its theoretical base, they have combined the filmic studies with social semiotics in which the film itself serves as a multimodal text rather than merely an artefact. Their methods have inspired many theorists in conducting similar research, which shifts the main focus of modern filmic studies. Based on Kress & van Leeuwen's theory of image studies, this dissertation aims to analyse the film Father and Daughter by adapting their framework, along with Martin (2003)'s genre relations and Martin & Rose (2007)'s theory of identification, to further explore how the film construct its narration and emotions. This dissertation further divides into four parts. The first part aims to analyse the schematic structure of the film based on Martin (2003)'s theory of genre relations; the second part explores what kind of semiotic resources are used in the characterization and what symbolism they might contain. The third part analyses how the cohesion are created in characterization and among stages through semiotic resources. The last part examines how the emotion are construed through characterization, symbolic participants and music. Through the analysis, the dissertation is expected to provide a useful example for the academia to conduct similar research on analysing films as multimodal texts.

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