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Death of a Samurai: Reader-Response Analysis of Rashomon

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    Vili Maunula

    Here’s a recent paper by Anis Pervez, a communication, cognition, and cinema researcher, that looks at Rashomon using a reader-response approach that is based on product reviews at Amazon.com. The abstract reads:

    Rashomon, the celebrated film of Akira Kurosawa, was revisited to understand the process of sense-making in the film from a constructive perspective. Viewers’ comments at Amazon.com provided evidence of how these individuals observe the film and make sense of it by making distinctions. A reader-response analysis was used to interpret the comments. The researcher’s analysis is yet another scale of indication of observation of observation towards another level of meaning.

    You can read the full paper for free at ResearchGate.

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