Anomalous Foreknowledge and Cognitive Impenetrability in Gnomeo and Juliet

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620586
Title:
Anomalous Foreknowledge and Cognitive Impenetrability in Gnomeo and Juliet
Authors:
Geal, Robert
Abstract:
This essay locates film adaptations of well-known originals within the context of two interrelated perceptual processes. The first of these is Richard Gerrig’s notion of anomalous suspense, in which audiences experience suspense even if they know the outcome of a film through repeat viewings. The second of these is Jerry Fodor’s concept of cognitive impenetrability, in which the human brain can have multiple responses to the same visual information. Lower level non-conscious brain functions can respond to visual stimuli in automated ways even if higher level conscious brain functions understand that the automated responses are being deceived. The essay explores how a loose film adaptation of a canonical ‘original’, Gnomeo and Juliet, manipulates these perceptual anomalies at the aesthetic and narrative levels. The film has two interrelated reflexive bundlings of anomalous suspense and cognitive impenetrability. The first is foreknowledge about certain well-known elements of the adapted narrative which characters comment on, and which are eventually transcended. The second is the film’s link between animation’s ontological perceptual illusion which makes the inanimate become animated, and the diegetic status of the supposedly inanimate garden gnomes being able to move of their own volition. Both of these elements exploit the brain’s modular distinctions between automated and conscious perceptual responses.
Citation:
Anomalous Foreknowledge and Cognitive Impenetrability in Gnomeo and Juliet 2017 Adaptation
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Adaptation
Issue Date:
27-May-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620586
DOI:
10.1093/adaptation/apx011
Additional Links:
https://academic.oup.com/adaptation/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/adaptation/apx011
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1755-0637
Appears in Collections:
FOA

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dc.contributor.authorGeal, Roberten
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-15T13:41:56Z-
dc.date.available2017-08-15T13:41:56Z-
dc.date.issued2017-05-27-
dc.identifier.citationAnomalous Foreknowledge and Cognitive Impenetrability in Gnomeo and Juliet 2017 Adaptationen
dc.identifier.issn1755-0637en
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/adaptation/apx011-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620586-
dc.description.abstractThis essay locates film adaptations of well-known originals within the context of two interrelated perceptual processes. The first of these is Richard Gerrig’s notion of anomalous suspense, in which audiences experience suspense even if they know the outcome of a film through repeat viewings. The second of these is Jerry Fodor’s concept of cognitive impenetrability, in which the human brain can have multiple responses to the same visual information. Lower level non-conscious brain functions can respond to visual stimuli in automated ways even if higher level conscious brain functions understand that the automated responses are being deceived. The essay explores how a loose film adaptation of a canonical ‘original’, Gnomeo and Juliet, manipulates these perceptual anomalies at the aesthetic and narrative levels. The film has two interrelated reflexive bundlings of anomalous suspense and cognitive impenetrability. The first is foreknowledge about certain well-known elements of the adapted narrative which characters comment on, and which are eventually transcended. The second is the film’s link between animation’s ontological perceptual illusion which makes the inanimate become animated, and the diegetic status of the supposedly inanimate garden gnomes being able to move of their own volition. Both of these elements exploit the brain’s modular distinctions between automated and conscious perceptual responses.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://academic.oup.com/adaptation/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/adaptation/apx011en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Adaptationen
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dc.subjectPerceptionen
dc.subjectforeknowledgeen
dc.subjectenunciationen
dc.subjectsuspenseen
dc.subjectpsychologyen
dc.titleAnomalous Foreknowledge and Cognitive Impenetrability in Gnomeo and Julieten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalAdaptationen
dc.date.accepted2017-05-27-
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