A modernist text that is orchestrated to effect closure (see also narrative closure; open and closed texts; readerly), in which contradictions are suppressed and the reader is encouraged to adopt a position from which everything seems ‘obvious’ (a form of ‘*false consciousness’). Such texts seek to obscure their own constructedness (see also naturalism; naturalization). The term was introduced by MacCabe. Classical realism was the dominant style of classical Hollywood cinema and it remains dominant in mainstream television and film.
Subjects: Media Studies.