Le Grand Imagier in Review
In responding to Currie’s objection in Chapter 2, the reply vacillated between two related but distinguishable versions of the Imagined Seeing Thesis. In this chapter, a distinction is explicitly drawn between these versions: the first is called “the Modest Version of the Imagined Seeing Thesis,” the second is “the Mediated Version.” Both of them stand in opposition to the Face-to-Face Version, which holds that viewers imagine seeing segments of the fictional world directly (or before their very eyes). Very roughly, the Mediated Version says that viewers imagine seeing segments of the fictional world indirectly, i.e., through the mediation of “movie-like images” that visually record the segments that they depict. In Chapter 2, the author opted for the Mediated Version but failed to explain his reasons for doing so. In the present chapter, the omission is rectified, and it is argued at length that only the Mediated Version can make sense of two fundamental aspects (the diegetic vs. non-diegetic) of the way that we experience fictional worlds in movies.
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