Romanticism and the Problem of Capitalism in Post-­War British Film

Discussion paper


Dave, P. 2013. Romanticism and the Problem of Capitalism in Post-­War British Film. University of East London.
AuthorsDave, P.
TypeDiscussion paper
Abstract

This
article
provides
a
historical
materialist
approach
to
changing
and
opposed
forms
of
romanticism
in
post-­‐war
British
film
culture.
Using
Michael
Löwy
and
Robert
Sayre’s
definition
of
European
romanticism
as
‘a
critique
of
modernity,
that
is,
of
modern
capitalist
civilization,
in
the
name
of
values
and
ideals
drawn
from
the
past
(the
precapitalist,
premodern
past)’,
it
mobilizes
their
typology
of
romantic
cultural
politics
in
order
to
compare
the
work
of
Michael
Powell
and
Emeric
Pressburger’s
A
Canterbury
Tale
(1944);
Peter
Jackson’s
trilogy
The
Fellowship
of
the
Ring
(2001),
The
Two
Towers
(2002)
and
The
Return
of
the
King
(2003);
and
Patrick
Keiller’s
concluding
film
in
the
Robinson
trilogy,
Robinson
in
Ruins
(2010)
(Löwy
and
Sayre,
2001,
p.
17).
These
films,
I
argue,
can
be
read
respectively
as
articulations
of
conservative
romanticism,
restitutionalist
romanticism
and
revolutionary
romanticism.
In
developing
these
readings
the
article
contributes
to
the
literature
on
romanticism
and
film
while
introducing
important
distinctions
between
different
forms
of
romanticism.

Year2013
PublisherUniversity of East London
Publication dates
Print18 Nov 2013
Publication process dates
Deposited19 Nov 2013
Copyright holder© Paul Dave 2013
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC-ND
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