Flashbacks in Film: A Cognitive and Multimodal Analysis, by Adriana Gordejuela. Routledge, 2021.
Virtual book launch. Thursday 27th May 2021. 7:15pm (Spanish time; GMT+2). Zoom session ID: 913 0348 1150
- Barbara Dancygier (University of British Columbia)
- Cristóbal Pagán (University of Murcia)
- Adriana Gordejuela (ICS, University of Navarra), book author
Flashbacks in Film examines film flashback as a rich multimodal narrative device, analyzing the cognitive underpinnings of film flashbacks and the mechanisms that lead viewers to successfully comprehend them. Combining a cognitive film theory approach with the theoretical framework proposed by blending theory, which claims that human beings’ general ability for conceptual integration underlies most of our daily activities, this book argues that flashbacks make sense to the viewer, as they are specifically designed for the viewer’s cognitive understanding. Through a mixture of analysis and dozens of case studies, this book demonstrates that successful film flashbacks appeal to the spectator’s natural perceptual and cognitive abilities, which spectators exercise daily.