Reinventing the reel : the "omni" text in nonlinear film discourses / Frame, Jeffrey en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US 2014-06-20T16:12:50Z 2014-06-20T16:12:50Z 2012 en_US
dc.description Adviser: David Lavery. en_US
dc.description.abstract Narrative films have experimented with nonlinear storytelling structures since the beginning of film history. However, over the past 20 years, nonlinear narratives in film have become increasingly more popular. As these forms have gained momentum, filmmakers invoke them, from time to time, with a growing complexity and ingenuity. Even so, the study of what we often hear referred to in film criticism and commentary as the "nonlinear film"---an idea that distinctly challenges the strong temporal dependency of film art as opposed to the definitively lesser temporal demands of the written word---is alarmingly scant during a millennial transition when creative storytelling, particularly storytelling expressed through film, wants to reinvent itself in a rapidly expanding cloud of digital convergences internationally. en_US
dc.description.abstract With the understanding that nonlinear films seem to serve as one valuable barometer of contemporary cinematic creativity since the early 1990s and stand apart from other alternate plot structures, the purpose of this study is to provide a discrete theory of nonlinear discourse in film and, in the process, delineate precisely what constitutes a nonlinear film (and what does not), how nonlinear films are constructed and work structurally, and how they signify thematically. What qualities do nonlinear films essentially share? How do they give polychronic primacy to a film narrative and what might this priority mean thematically, if anything? Are nonlinear films useful in terms of cinematic storytelling or tapping into film's potential as an art form and why should we care as viewers? Using selected narratological tools, a textual approach to reader-response criticism, and an ontological lens through which to perceive and interpret a fuller grasp of time, this study hopes to respond meaningfully to questions like these and determine what the ultimate usefulness of nonlinear films may be. en_US Ph.D. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Time in motion pictures en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Motion pictures Philosophy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Motion pictures United States History en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Narration (Rhetoric) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Language, Modern en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cinema en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Multimedia Communications en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title Reinventing the reel : the "omni" text in nonlinear film discourses / en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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