Imagining seeing

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It might seem like an easy question. What do you see when you watch a movie?

But the question is deceptively difficult.

Even philosophers of film have not settled on one theory to describe the mental relation between the viewer and the characters on screen.

Does the viewer “see” (transparently see something, such as: I saw a mouse under the bed) or “imagine seeing” characters in a…



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Flannery Wilson

Flannery Wilson


Flannery has a PhD in Comparative Literature. She teaches French, Italian, and visual media. Her book on Taiwanese cinema can be found on Amazon.