The Power of Point of View

Month: January 2013

The Acts of God Through the Perspectives of the Apostles – MATTHEW WHITLOCK

Sometimes perspective criticism begins not by asking what is seen, but by asking what is not seen. The Blair Witch Project—unlike the reveal-all horror movies of today—never shows its antagonist. The audience never sees the Blair Witch. They only hear rumors about her and see the results of her actions. Similarly, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie… Read More ›

Sympathizing with a Most Unexpected Character in Mark – STEVE BLACK

It has been argued that point of view can be used as a means of getting the reader to sympathize with a given character (See Oct 25 and Oct 4 posts by Gary Yamasaki). Yamasaki argued in the Oct 25 post “if readers are led to have a subjective experience of a character—another way of… Read More ›

Psychological-Plane Point of View and the Movie “Open Water” – CHARLES AARON

In the 2004 indie film Open Water, a young couple, Susan and Daniel, take a vacation to escape the stress of their lives and jobs. They go to a tropical location for scuba diving. Due to a mistake by the employees of the charter boat that has taken them out, Daniel and Susan end up left… Read More ›

Narration in Film: Edward Branigan on Point of View versus Focalization – LAURA COPIER

In this short post, I’d like to introduce  one of the key works in the field of narration and film: Edward Branigan’s 1992 study Narrative Comprehension and Film. For a thorough introduction to cinematic narration and its links to literary devices  I would suggest reading Branigan in tandem with David Bordwell’s monumental  Narration in the… Read More ›

The First-Person Narration in Ezra as a Point-of-View Issue – MARK BODA

Much ink has been spilled over the past century over the controversial shifts in person in the account of Ezra in Ezra 7-10. The account begins in 7:1-11 with a third person account about Ezra which introduces a document written in the first person voice of King Artaxerxes, commissioning Ezra for service in the region… Read More ›

Another word on Mark 6:47-52. . .with a focus on “Focalization” – STEVE BLACK

I wish to consider Mark 6:47-52, in the light of some of the conversation on this blog concerning it (see posts of Dec 5/2012, Dec 12/2012, Dec 13/2012, Dec 20/2012, Dec 21/2012, Jan 8/2013). I should note that my interest at this point is not so much the staging of this passage in a live… Read More ›

The Seahawks, the “historical present” and Point of View on the Temporal Plane – GARY YAMASAKI

Third and five, on the Redskins 27. . .Wilson is in the shotgun. . .he takes the snap and hands off to Lynch trying the left side. . .he cuts to the right and evades a tackle. . .he has the first down. . .he gets to the outside. . .crosses the 15. . .the… Read More ›

Unmixing Our Metaphors, Media, and Methods: A Response to Phil Ruge-Jones — LEON SEAMAN

Gary Yamasaki’s work on point-of-view dynamics is rooted in literary criticism, but draws on the analogy of camera angle in film to illustrate these dynamics. When I read his first book, Watching a Biblical Narrative, its title suggested the interaction between reading text and watching film or live performance. Yet it might also suggest a… Read More ›

(quarter)YEAR in REVIEW. . .and a look ahead to a New Year of Perspective Criticism – GARY YAMASAKI

This blog was launched three months ago, and from the beginning, it has been intended as a site for the collective development of biblical scholarship. Specifically, it exists as a venue for dialogue on the interpretive significance of the point-of-view crafting in biblical narratives. So, week after week, ideas on this topic have been posted… Read More ›