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Comunicazioni Sociali


Journal

of
Media, Performing Arts and Cultural Studies



II
/
2014

Edi
tor
s
: Armando Fumagalli, Paolo Braga



NARRATING

THE THRESHOLDS OF LI
FE.

THE BIOETHICAL THEME
S OF BEGINNING AND E
ND OF LIFE


IN CINEMA AND TV SER
IES



Over the last few decades, t
he idea that the narrative elaboration of moral issues is a breeding
ground for the development of the ethical debate has encountered increasingly
positive reception
with
in the philosophical
studies
.
This assumption has gathered consensus among d
ifferent
theoretical positions
,

endorsing

the narrative thinking as a preferential way to our self
-
definition as

human beings and moral subjects

(MacIntyre 1984; Ricoeur 1990; Nussbaum 1996).


Owing to
its
capacity to produce an

identification with the character
s

and
to activate

our

moral as
well as the rational spheres, a narration is widely considered a
n

exceptionally

favourable ground for
the simulation of ethical
practice
s; a ground that consents to
take

into account

all human factors
involved in problematic choices of behaviour, due to the
conflicting

values at stake.



An important contribution to the
reassessment

of the connection between narration and moral
exploration comes from narratology

and literary theories,
which

in fact introduced

this perspective

-

consider with this regard
t
he pioneering works of the Chicago critics and Wayne Booth’s studies

(1983;
1988).

This branch of research has recently been
reinvigorated

by the
development of

screenwriting
theories, whose
chief exponents (McKee 1997; Truby 2007),

in complete accordance
with the declarations of several filmmakers

and TV executives
, emphasise the prominence of the
thematic

dimension
,
i.e.

the in
-
depth analysis of the axiological

junctions inside a narrative,
to make
it engaging and satisfying for the audience.


Also



although they’re
still a limited

number



researches on

the

dominant cultures
within

the
circle of the
media
decision
-
makers
highlighted

how

creative production originates from the
common
aspiration

of screenwriters and filmmakers to question and communicate value
-
related
issues

(
Bettetini
-
Fumagalli
2010;
Shapiro 2011; Fumagalli 2013).




In this perspective
, in consideration of

the growing interest in the expre
ssive and educational
potential

of films

based on

bioethical themes
(Cattorini

2006; Dalla Torre 2011; Shapshay 2011),
proposals may address
the following questions, combining theoretical considerations and concrete
textua
l analyses:

-

The
prevailing narrative
strategies

implemented
in the

treatment of
the
beginning and end of
life
issues
(pre
-
birth decisions, abortion, assisted fertilization, euthanasia,
therapeutic
obstinacy
)
.

-

The activation and
sedimentation

of

archetypes (narrative modes, character types)
responsible for
building

up
the collective imagery
in relation to

the topics at stake;

-

The ideological justification (implicit or explicit) of certain solutions
/positions

at the
expense of
others
.


-

The influen
ces that
on

many levels


cultural, productive, distributive, creative


affect the
mise
-
en
-
scene of life
-
related themes and the point of vi
ew through which those themes are
addressed

in cinema and TV
.

All proposals should refer to the following areas: rhetoric, screenwriting theory, narratology,
dramaturgy, media sociology, semiotics, cinema studies, media theory,
media studies,
bioethics,
moral philosophy.

Papers can e
ither focus on the analysis of
specific

feature film
s

or (episodes of) TV

series, or they
can
tackle
an issue

more widely
,

in order to cast a new light on some open question. Nonetheless,
the analysis of specific texts will be considered more in line with the slant
of this publication.





Submission of proposals


The abstracts

(
no longer than

250

words
, in English, French or Italian



bibliographic references
excluded)

must be sent by
20
th

September 2013

to this email address:
paolo.braga@unicatt.it

Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than
October 5
th
, 2013
.

The approved papers (between 4000 and 5000 words


bibliographic references included) must be
delivered by
20
th

January 2014
; subsequently they’ll
be submitted to a double blind peer review.

Papers are accepted in Italian, Fre
nch and English language.

Main references


G.

B
ETTETINI
,
A.

F
UMAGALLI
. 2010.
Quel che resta dei media. Idee per un’etica della comunicazione
,
Milano: FrancoAngeli.

W.C.

B
OOTH
.

1983.

The Rhetoric of Fiction
, 2
nd

edition, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press
.

W.C.

B
OOTH
, 1988.
The Company We Keep. An Ethics of Fiction
, Berkeley, California [etc.]: University of
California Press.

P.

C
ATTORINI
. 2006.
Bioetica e cinema. Raccont
i di malattia e dilemmi morali
, Milano: FrancoAngeli.

P.

D
ALLA
T
ORRE
. 2011.
Cinema contemporaneo e questioni bioetiche
, Roma: Edizioni Studium.

A.

F
UMAGALLI
. 2013.
Creatività al potere
: da Hollywood alla Pixar passando per l’Italia
,
Torino
: Lindau
.

A.C.

M
A
C
I
NTYRE
.

1984,

second edition
.

After Virtue. A Study in Moral Theory
, Notre Dame, Indiana:
University of Notre Dame Press
.

R.

M
C
K
EE
.
1997.
Story
.

Substance,

structure, style, and the principles of screenwriting
, New York: Harper
Collins; trad. it. 2000.
Story: contenuti, struttura, stile, principi della sceneggiatura
, Roma: International
Forum Edizioni.

M.C.

N
USSBAUM
. 1995
Poetic Justice. The Literary Imagination and Public Life
, Boston: Beacon Press
.

P.

R
ICOEUR
, 1990.
Soi
-
même comme un autre
,
Paris:
Seuil
.

S.

S
HAPSHAY

(ed.).
2009.
Bioethics at the Movies
, Baltimore:

The Johns Hopkins University Press.

B. Shapiro. 2011.
Primetime Propaganda
, New York:

Broadside Books.

J.

T
RUBY
. 2007.
The Anatomy of Story. 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller
, New
York:

Faber &
Faber
.


About

C
omunicazioni Sociali

-

Journal of Media, Performing Arts and Cultural Studies


Founded in 1973,
Comunicazioni Sociali

features both monographic and
miscellaneous

issues,
dealing with critical questions pertaining to studies of

the performing arts, film, radio,

television,
journalism, advertising and new media. Founded on an interdisciplinary approach, the

journal has
since its inception promoted rigorous debates on media content, representation and

consumption in
terms of theor
y, history and critical analysis. The journal has enhanced exchanges

with academic
institutions, research centres, European networks and prominent scholars, by

hosting both
theoretical elaborations as well as empirical findings. Since 2009, the journal has

adopted the
double
-
blind peer review system and enhanced the international profile of its editorial

board,
including scholars from European and extra
-
European countries.