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Stanley Cavell's American DreamShakespeare, Philosophy, and Hollywood Movies$
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Lawrence F. Rhu

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225965

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225965.001.0001

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Stanley Cavell's American Dream

Lawrence F. Rhu

Fordham University Press

This chapter tells about Stanley Cavell's two major arguments of writings on film, and about the early development that happens in his writings on Shakespeare. Cavell's philosophy became available through his criticism. Questions emerge about receptivity and responsiveness, both for his kind of writings and for the kinds of work to which it responds. Cavell has continued to cultivate his attraction to Emerson's philosophy, and his ambition to awaken the living, not to invoke the dead. Also, while his attraction to the principle of perfection has required him to defend it against charges of elitism, his willingness has enabled him to welcome the alternatives of intellectual fashions at the moment.

Keywords:   writings, film, criticism, philosophy, perfection, elitism

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