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Silvie Lindeperg

Unanimously celebrated as an authentic representation of French railroad workers' resistance against the Germans during the Occupation, René Clément's La Bataille du rail (The Battle of the Rails, 1945) was a valuable piece of ideological capital in the wake of France's liberation. Through a close reading of the film's production and reception, this article shows that the film's heroic blueprinting of the Resistance was the result of mediation between two opposing points of view: that of the Marxist Left, which sought to portray the Resistance as belonging to the working class, and that of the Gaullists, who were intent on promoting the myth of an idealized "True France" without class or ideological divisions and united in its opposition to the Germans.

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A Vision of the Viewer

Situating Narration in the Fiction Film in the Context of Theories of Narrative Comprehension

Joseph P. Magliano and James A. Clinton

Narrative comprehension results from building a durable mental representation of the narrative events (e.g., Kintsch 1988 ). The vast majority of narrative comprehension research has been within the text domain rather than visual narratives (e

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Chris Gavaler

formal qualities only, extant definitions are problematic because their constituent terms – ‘images’, ‘sequence’, ‘narrative’ – are themselves ambiguous. What, for example, differentiates two juxtaposed ‘images’ from an ‘image’ composed of two parts? In

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Tetiana Shevchenko

This article deals with religious discourse in modern history school textbooks in Ukraine that cover early modern times in Ukrainian history. It analyzes the place of religious discourse within national discourse, the correlation between local Ukrainian religious and more general discourse, and the representation of the relationships between Christian churches. Further, it defines a methodological approach and assesses the accuracy of facts presented in textbooks as well as the interpretation of religious life, normative language, and denominational labeling. It demonstrates the discrepancy between the achievements of academic historiography and school history, including the isolated and exclusive nature of history discourse in Ukrainian schools today.

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Constructing Pathways to Responsible Manhood

Controlling Images and Meaning Making Through the Use of Counter-narratives

Mellie Torres, Alejandro E. Carrión, and Roberto Martínez

Introduction In recent years growing scholarship and studies have focused on challenging deficit narratives and discourses perpetuating a criminalization of Latino men and boys. But even with this growing scholarship, mainstream counter-narratives

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Narrating the Second World War

History Textbooks and Nation Building in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine

Lina Klymenko

and linguistic components of discourse about the Second World War in Ukrainian school history textbooks. 6 In contrast to these studies, this article conceptualizes a history textbook as an assembly of narratives, and explores how a narrative of a

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The Shadows of Knowability

Reading between Opaque Narrative and Transparent Text

Younes Saramifar

that may not be there at all. Am I being transparent enough in questioning the opaque aura of an object? The torch of ember and its puzzling knowability are my exemplars, serving to open the question of opacity and transparency in narrativity. I

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Disrupted PECMA Flows

A Cognitive Approach to the Experience of Narrative Complexity in Film

Veerle Ros and Miklós Kiss

Over the past two decades, Hollywood cinema has seen the proliferation of disruptive, nonclassical narrative techniques such as radical nonlinearity and excessive embedding—devices that were previously thought to be more or less exclusive to the

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Heroes of Our Time

The Historical-Political Context of Devorah Omer’s Novels

Rima Shikhmanter

intensity and willingness to make sacrifices on behalf of the collective, this process heralded the beginning of the disintegration of the unified historical narrative. In the face of this threat, children’s literature, long regarded as a political