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Published: 31 March 2019

192 Pages | 12 b/w illus.

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474431699

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Sentimental Aesthetics and American Film

Charles Burnetts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Examines eighteenth century 'moral sense' philosophy and 'sensibility' as neglected, but important, intellectual areas for film theory
  • Provides case studies of film sentimentality during early, classical and post-classical eras of US cinema, focusing specifically on issues of critical reception
  • Engages with speculation by classical and contemporary film theorists about the ethical and affective possibilities of film
  • Examines new approaches to 'affect' in film and media philosophy that draw directly on, and reconfigure, a sentimental aesthetics

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