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Stanley Cavell's American Dream
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Stanley Cavell's American Dream: Shakespeare, Philosophy, and Hollywood Movies

Lawrence F. Rhu


This book explores Cavell's writings along converging lines of thought rather than in isolated categories. The book claims that, after Cavell's celebrated reading of King Lear turned into a nightmarish meditation on Vietnam, he found a more audible voice. Noting that Cavell's keen ear for the expressive power of ordinary language makes him both a first-rate literary artist and a compelling philosopher of the everyday, the book catches what holds Cavell's manifold interests together. Here the poetry of ideas and presence of mind that animate Cav ... More

Keywords: Cavell, King Lear, Vietnam, expressive power, language, poetry, composition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780823225965
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence F. Rhu, author