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Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism$
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Jacques Khalip and Forest Pyle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271030

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271030.001.0001

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Dancing in the Dark with Shelley

Dancing in the Dark with Shelley

(p.167) Dancing in the Dark with Shelley
Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism

Joel Faflak

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Faflak explores a different kind of orientation towards such contemporaneity: through meditations on the film musical, Faflak powerfully traces the emergent rhetoric of virtuality and subjugation that the genre performs by way of a harnessing of the visual. Borrowing in part from terms familiar in Debord as well as using Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd and Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark, Faflak demonstrates how Shelley’s The Triumph of Life stages decisive, historical encounters with the “spectacles of culture” that mark a particular turn away from romantic unknowing and inspire a post-Enlightenment culture of assimilation and foreclosure.

Keywords:   Tim Burton, Dancing in the Dark, musical, Shelley, spectacle, Sweeney Todd, triumph of life, Von Trier

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