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This review is from: Film Theory: An Introduction (Paperback)
During the last 20 years or so film theory has been revolutionized by cognitive theory which has attempted to apply what is actually known of our cognitive processes - rather than what previous theorists had plucked out of thin air - to the study of film.
This has resulted in a hysterical and reactionary backlash from the anti-cognitivists as illustrated by Stam's accusation here that cognitive theorists profess a "touching faith in reason (after Auschwitz) and science(after Hiroshima)."
Yes, right: the expectation that film theory should recognise what is actually KNOWN about the brain is JUST THE SAME as cheerleading the Holocaust and the atomic bombings of Japan.
It's a despicable slander on the cognitive movement but exactly what you'd expect from a dying discipline.