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Improving Passions

Charles Burnetts


The book examines how the “sentimental”, a term so often invoked in film criticism, has been mobilized, denigrated, quarantined or ignored over 300 years of aesthetic debate. Responding to the often vexed question of what the sentimental means to various critical and popular constituencies, it argues for its continued conceptual value, less as an evaluative term (with its ongoing connotations of a stoical critical elitism), but as a theoretical tradition and taste category that speaks to the tensions between emotion and cognition in literary and visual culture. Using a meta-critical analysis o ... More

Keywords: Sentimentalism, Melodrama, Film Theory, Spielberg, Chaplin, Deleuze, Cognitive Film Theory, Hollywood, Cinema, Cavell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780748698196
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Burnetts, author
Kings University College, The University of Western Ontario