Events

Jan 27

Moral Judgment and the Rhetoric of Character Identification: The Case of Legends of the Fall

Carl Plantinga, Professor of Film Studies, Calvin College, will give a talk titled, "Moral Judgment and the Rhetoric of Character Identification: The Case of Legends of the Fall” Thursday, January 27, 5- 6:30 p.m., Leighton 304.

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
5:00 – 6:30 pm / Leighton 304

Carl Plantinga, Professor of Film Studies, Calvin College, will give a talk titled, "Moral Judgment and the Rhetoric of Character Identification: The Case of Legends of the Fall,” Thursday, January 27, 5- 6:30 p.m., Leighton 304.

The ability of narrative films to elicit “pro” and “con” attitudes toward characters is central to their aesthetic, moral, and ideological potential. But how are such attitudes elicited? And what are the range and types of such attitudes?  Using the 1994 film Legends of the Fall as a case study, in this talk Professor Plantinga will examine the place of moral judgment in the creation of allegiances for characters, show how film encourage slippage between moral and other judgments, and discuss the various types of “pro” and “con” attitudes films make possible.

The talk is free and open to the public. Professor Plantinga's talk is co-sponsored by the VIZ initiative (Visualizing the Liberal Arts), Philosophy, and Cinema and Media Studies.

Sponsored by VIZ, Philosophy, Cinema and Media Studies. Contact: Sandy Saari, Philosophy, x4232