Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The Building Codes of Narrative Space: The Three Forms of Emotional Entanglements between People and Places in story

  3. Boundaries Visible and Broken: Empathy from Shade Space to Showcase Space

  4. How Not to Think like Dante Alighieri: The Social Implications of Dantean Space

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-270

About this book


In this book we learn that there is a clear but complex relationship between setting and character on screen. Certain settings stand out above others—think of the iconic gooey dripping tunnels that Ripley stumbles through in Aliens, Norman’s bird-decorated parlour in Psycho or the dark Gotham of certain Batman movies. But what makes these particular settings so powerful and iconic? Amedeo D’Adamo explains why we care about and cry for certain characters, and then focuses on how certain places then become windows onto their emotional lives. Using popular case studies such as Apocalypse Now, Amelie, Homeland and The Secret Garden, this original and insightful book is the first to really explain what makes some settings so effective, revealing an important but as yet uncovered machinery of empathy in visual narrative space. An invaluable resource for students, academics and indeed young filmmakers designing their very own narratives for space on screen.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Amedeo D'Adamo
    • 1
  1. 1.Università CattolicaMilanItaly

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