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Here, Stanley Cavell names this new genre of American film–“the comedy of remarriage”–and Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage. Here, Stanley Cavell examines seven of those classic movies for their cinematic techniques, Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage. Pursuits of Happiness: Cavell and Film Criticism. Leland Foague. In “Harvard Film Studies: A Review, ” Brian Henderson justly scores Stanley Cavell (among.

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We think of marriage, or have thought of it, as the entering simultaneously into a new public and a new private connection, the creation at once of new spaces of communality and of exclusiveness, of a new outside and inside to a life, spaces expressible by the private ownership of a house, literally an apartment, a place that is part of and apart within a larger habitation.

They are of increasingly larger scope and lead thus from what we may think of as the more private to the more public-political. Cavell demonstrates wonderfully what a sophisticated and philosophically astute reading can add to already enjoyable works of art.

This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat Of undoubted importance, however, is his thought that the comedies of remarriage reveal all genuine unions to be always re-unions and that the true form of marriage is re-marriage. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nov 15, Blair rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is in the pedagogy of conversation that both the comedies od remarriage and philosophy acquire their political character.

In the Last Judgment all ethical contradictions are overcome. The concern with the creation of a new woman becomes thus at the same time a concern with the union of the two, that is, with marriage, and beyond that with the union between human beings in general.

The time in between reading other things makes the experience so much richer. Views Read Edit View history. Lists with This Book. And to this Protagoras adds that human beings are not naturally organized in political institutions and that there exists cvell natural political order and, indeed, no naturally established human hierarchy.


Stanley Cavell and the Pursuits of Happiness

The Hollywood comedies speak, in effect, of only one kind of union in the face of a global reality in which there have always existed multiple forms of union and in the face also of global transformations of the various types of bond that unite us and the dissolution of some of these bonds conjoined to the creation of new ones. In delineating his tragic conception, Weber calls on Machiavelli as a witness but one suspects that he was, in fact, drawing more extensively on lessons he had extracted from ancient Greek tragedy in accordance with a classical formula.

Dexter Haven and Tracy Lord seem to be likely to manage this, certainly come to see what they are trying to manage. Second, it started using the language of power and oppression, somewhat exclusively and obsessively. It follows, in particular, that politics cannot be simply a matter of justice assuming that justice can be laid down in some formula but that it requires just as much qualities that cannot be given formulaic expression, such as the capacity to accept guilt, to offer forgiveness, and to bring about reconciliation.

In The Philadelphia Storythough, the last of the seven films in the genre, we are and remain in Philadelphia. Chris rated it really liked it Apr 21, Cavell names a new genre of American film, ‘the comedy of remarriage, ‘ in this reading of seven romantic comedies of the ’30s and ’40s: We may call in this context also on Hannah Arendt who wrote: By attending to the micropolitics of modern life, we are thus recovering a level of politics that lies historically underneath the steely frame of modern, governmental politics and since we are no longer sure of the latter, we may find it necessary to attend once again to these underlying strata.

If we follow the broader and older account of politics advanced by Protagoras, according to which politics is the care of the common, we can see that different forms of tending the web of human common are related to one another both causally and historically. Log In Register for Online Access. Politics is, no doubt, always in danger of turning itself into mere theater.


But what can such a global union look like?

What this pair does together is less important than the fact that they do whatever it is together, that they know how to spend time together, even that they would rather waste time together than do anything else – except that no time they are together could be wasted. Apr 27, robert rated it really liked it.

For Protagoras it follows that they need to foster two kinds of basic skill, if they are to survive. The first and most specific concern of these films is for Cavell a feminist one.

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Geoffrey Hawthorn reviews ‘Pursuits of Happiness’ by Stanley Cavell · LRB 1 April

The remark dismisses the Depression, of course, too quickly as a merely economic matter and hence as not being of genuine political concern.

But the city condemns the philosopher to death and there arises a tragic alienation of philosophy from politics in which both are permanently left poorer.

None of this seems to bear in a major fashion on either philosophical or political matters. On why remarriage isn’t a foregone conclusion, or at least why there’s drama: In examining himself and investigating his fellow citizens, Happienss has performed a critical service to his city. This is not an insight to be found in Aristotle but it can help to explain the evident instability of all human relationships, of all social arrangements, and the always present though often suppressed potential for human hostility.

Philosophy will, indeed, look ridiculous to the outsider, as Plato granted, but does this establish an inner link between comedy and philosophy?

But this is surely insufficient to account for the actually existing social diversity.