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The Stillness of Solitude: Romanticism and Contemporary American Independent Film

Michelle Devereaux


The Stillness of Solitude explores the Romantic connections between a selection of seven films from contemporary American filmmakers Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, and Charlie Kaufman. Linking the current socio-cultural moment, which has been described as ‘metamodern’, to the Romantic era, it describes how the Romantic relation to selfhood, intersubjectivity, and ‘being in the world’ informs the films studied. The first section of the book lays out the aesthetic argument, the second describes the role of imagination and emotion in creating that aesthetic, and the third explores narr ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, independent film, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Charlie Kaufman, metamodern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474446044
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474446044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle Devereaux, author
University of Birmingham