The following lists cover summaries of topics important for screen theory, resources on this site that are useful in study, links to other sites, and a list of downloadable texts. Some writing is 'work in progress' and any quotes of texts should be made with the permission of the author. All material © Donald Kunze, 2005.
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chiasmus and the janusian screen (web file)
Chiasmus (counterpoint) plays an extensive role in literature, music, the visual arts, and architecture. This paper identifies the role of chiasmus in the popular story of the invention of "artificial memory" by Simonides of Ceos and provides a "prospectus" of potential extension of theory using the rhetorical syllogism, the "enthymeme."
is there a feminine point of view? (620 kb, pdf file)
The Hitchcock film Rear Window raises the difficult question of the "feminine" point of view. Elise Lemire ("Voyerism and the Postwar Crisis of Masculinity in Rear Window") has argued against Laura Mulvey's famous feminist essay on this film, but the real issue goes beyond any dichotymous division of sexuality (particularly as a visual protocol) along gender lines.
the indicative gesture (304 kb, pdf file)
Pointing is, as some have said, an "attenuated grasp." This makes framing, pointing, and indication in general a pullback from knowledge-through-touch (stereognosis). Relating this pullback to the neurological phenomenon of proprioception sets up a novel theory of sensus communis. Is "what was lost" restored by sight through such a-visual devices as cinema's "fourth wall" or the phenomenologists' idea of horizon?
the hysterical landscape (1.7 mb, pdf file)
This full-length paper connects Deleuze's review of the Ø (phi) phenomenon with Lacan's revised Freudian account of hysteria and Zizek's application of this revision to popular culture. The landscape and architecture depend on ideas of time, in particular the time created through "dynamic sections." Film itself makes the transition between a static and dynamic time section, and Hitchcock is the film. Deleuze's account of Hitchcock's "demarks" (rings, lighters, homicidal birds, windmills turning backwards, etc.) is, in retrospect, the perfect revisionary detail.
time in space (304 kb, pdf file)
After comments on "hysterical landscape," this brief essay restated the idea of using time as a point of re-organizing theory about architecture and landscape architecture.
phi/beta phenomenon (328 kb, pdf file)
This sequential presentation summarizes the structure of Hitchcock's "boom shots" (and equivalent strategies) in using a "demark" (element taken from a natural series) to create a "dynamic time section."
phi/beta phenomenon (328 kb, quicktime movie)
This sequential presentation summarizes the structure of Hitchcock's "boom shots" (and equivalent strategies) in using a "demark" (element taken from a natural series) to create a "dynamic time section." Go through the sequence of slides by clicking on the quicktime movie frame.
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