Cognitive Approaches to German Historical Film

Seeing is Not Believing

  • Jennifer Marston William

Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jennifer Marston William
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  3. Jennifer Marston William
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  4. Jennifer Marston William
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 171-200

About this book


This book explores how minds at the movies understand minds in the movies and introduces readers to some fundamental principles of Cognitive Studies—namely conceptual blending, Theory of Mind, and empathy/perspective-taking—through their application to film analysis. A cognitive approach to recent popular historical films demonstrates cinema’s potential to stimulate viewers’ critical thinking about crucial events of the past century. Diverging from the focus on narrative processing in traditional cognitivist theory, this book examines film reception and production in the context of the latest developments in cognitive and social psychology. Turning to German cinema as a case study for this interdisciplinary partnership, Jennifer Marston William offers a fresh look at some internationally successful films of the twenty-first century, including Nowhere in Africa, Goodbye, Lenin!, Sophie Scholl, Downfall, The Lives of Others, and The Baader-Meinhof Complex.


Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Theory of Mind Heritage Filmmaking Conceptual Blending German Cinema

Authors and affiliations

  • Jennifer Marston William
    • 1
  1. 1.West LafayetteUSA

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