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The Stillness of SolitudeRomanticism and Contemporary American Independent Film$
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Michelle Devereaux

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474446044

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474446044.001.0001

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Introduction: Filmmaking as a Romantic Quest

Introduction: Filmmaking as a Romantic Quest

(p.1) Introduction: Filmmaking as a Romantic Quest
The Stillness of Solitude

Michelle Devereaux

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter offers a description of Romanticism and the Romantic movement and delineates the primary arguments of the book. It interrogates the question ‘what is Romantic?’ by investigating historical Romanticism and its relationship to imagination, the problem of identity and selfhood, and Romantic irony, linking these principles to the twenty-first century theory of metamodernism. It then connects these concepts to the films discussed, drawing on historically relevant film movements and previous scholarship on American independent film. It concludes with overviews of subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Romanticism, Romantic irony, metamodernism, selfhood, Romantic imagination, independent film

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