Reviews by


"Telling the Truth: The theory and practice of documentary fiction", by Barbara Foley, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 45 (Spring), 316-18.


"Philophy of the Film: Epistemology, Ontology, Aesthetics", by I.C. Jarvie, The Quarterly Journal of Speech 75:1, 116-18.


"A Cinema of Nonfiction", by William Guynn, Film Criticism, 14:2, 39-43.

"Philosophical Problems of Classical Film Theory", by NoŽl Carroll, The Quarterly Journal of Speech 76 (November), 456-8.


"Dancing in the Dark", by Quentin Schultze et al., The Cresset, 55:7, 34-5.


"Film and Phenomenology", by Allan Casebier, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 51 (Summer), 511-13.

"Robert Drew and the Development of Cinema Veritť in America", by P.J. O'Connell, Film Quarterly 47 (Fall), 60-1.


"Laughing, Screaming", by William Paul, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 53 (Summer), 332-4.

"Visual 'Literacy'", by Paul Messaris, Film Quarterly 48 (Summer) 60-2.


"The Reality of Illusion", by Joseph Anderson, Film Quarterly 50 (Summer) 64-5.


"The Last Vaudevillian (nonfiction film)", by Jeffrey Ruoff, Journal of Film and Video.

Reviews of Plantinga

On Rhetoric and Representation

Corner, John, Media Culture & Society 20:4 (Oct'98), 699-700.

MacLennan, Gary, "Beyond Rhetoric (and Scepticism): A Critical Realist Perspective on Carl R. Plantinga", Film-Philosophy: Electronic Salon, 11 March 1998.

Raskin, Jay, "The Friction Over the Fiction of Nonfiction Movies", Film-Philosophy: Electronic Salon, 17 September 1997.

Reply by Plantinga: "A Naive Reply to MacLennan and Raskin", Film-Philosophy: Electronic Salon, 16 March 1998.


Rhetoric and Representation in Nonfiction Film (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

Editor, with Greg Smith: Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999).



"Defining Documentary: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Projected Worlds", Persistence of Vision, 5, 44-54.


Dissertation: A Theory of Representation in the Documentary Film


"The Mirror Framed: A Case for Expression in Documentary", Wide Angle 13:2, 40-53.


"Roger and History and Irony and Me", Michigan Academician 24:3, 511-20.


"Affect, Cognition and the Power of Movies", Post Script 13:1, 10-29.

"Film Theory and Aesthetics: Notes on a Schism", Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 51 (Summer), 445-54.


"Blurry Boundaries, Troublesome Typologies, and the Unruly Nonfiction Film", Semiotica 98:3/4, 387-96.

"Movie Pleasures and the Spectator's Experience: Toward a Cognitive Approach", Film and Philosophy Vol 2, 3-19.


"Moving Pictures and the Rhetoric of Nonfiction: Two Approaches", in Post-Theory (eds. Bordwell & Carroll) (University of Wisconsin Press).

A Response to Dirk Eitzen's "When is a Documentary?: Documentary as a mode of reception", Cinema Journal 36 (Fall), 94-7.


"Notes on Spectator Emotion and Ideological Film Criticism", in Film Theory and Philosophy (eds Murray Smith & Richard Allen).


"Film: Film and Documentary", entry in Michael Kelly (ed), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

"Gender, Power, and a Cucumber: Satirizing Masculinity in This is Spinal Tap", in Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (eds): Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video (Wayne State UP), 318-32.

"Spectacles of Death: Clint Eastwood and Violence in Unforgiven", Cinema Journal 37:2 (Winter), 65-83.


"American Documentary in the 1980s" in Stephen Prince (ed.), A New Pot of Gold: Hollywood Under the Electronic Rainbow, 1980-1989, Vol. 10 of the History of American Cinema series (New York: Scribners).

"Film and Documentary" in Michael Kelly (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, v. II. (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press).

"The Scene of Empathy and the Human Face on Film", in Carl Plantinga & Greg M.Smith (eds), Passionate Views: Film, Cognition, and Emotion (The Johns Hopkins University Press), 239-55.


"The Limits of Appropriation: Problems with Subjectivist Theories of Nonfiction Film", in Ib Bondebjerg (ed) Moving Images, Culture & the Mind (University of Luton Press).

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