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DOI 10.12887/34-2021-2-134-16

Jacek OSTASZEWSKI, On Epistemically Ambiguous Narration: Unreliability in Mind-Game Films

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The concept of an unreliable narrator used in literary studies inspires the presentation of the contemporary status of mind-game films. The paper comprises a typology of narrative unreliability in feature films and indicates its basic strategies and communicative functions related, for instance, to the disclosure of unreliability in the final plot twist. The author points to the proliferation of narrative unreliability in contemporary cinema and observes a tendency to make use of dispersed unreliability, which, on the one hand, may go unnoticed, and, on the other hand, introduces epistemological uncertainty in the reception of a film.

Keywords: narrator unreliable, mind-game films, puzzle films, irony, denarration, dispersed unreliability

Contact: Katedra Teorii i Antropologii Filmu, Instytut Sztuk Audiowizualnych, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Wydział Zarządzania i Komunikacji Społecznej, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, ul. Łojasiewicza 4, 30-348 Kraków, Poland
E-mail: jacek.ostaszewski@uj.edu.pl
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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. e-ISSN 2720-5355
  3. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 100.00
  4. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887