On Cavell on Film

William Rothman and Marian Keane: Reading Cavell's The World Viewed: A Philosophical Perspective on Film. (Wayne State Univeristy Press, 2000)

Bates, Stanley, "Movies Viewed: Cavell on Medium and Motion Pictures", in Dickie, Sclafani & Roblin (eds) Aesthetics: A Critical Anthology (2nd edition, St Martin's Press, 1989).

Batkin, Norton, "Photography, Exhibition, and the Candid", Common Knowledge 5:2 (Fall, 1996), 145-65.

Day, William, "Moonstruck, or How to Ruin Everything", [Restricted on-line access] Philosophy and Literature 19:2 (Oct, 1995), 292-307.

Hodge, Joanna Marrack, on Themes out of School, British Journal of Aesthetics 26 (Autumn, 1986), 404-6.

Keane, Marian, "The Authority of Connection in Stanley Cavell's 'Pursuits of Happiness'", Journal of Popular Film and Video 13:3, 1985, 139-50.

Keane, Marian, "Who's Silencing Whom?", Philosophy and Film vol 2.

Large, David, "Unknown Men and Unknown Women: Reading Cavell", Film-Philosophy Salon on-line Review 1997.

Modleski, Tania, "Reply to Cavell", Critical Inquiry 16 (Autumn, 1990). See also Cavell: "Reply to Modleski" in the same issue.

Neill, Alex, "Kinship and Seperation in Cavell's Pursuits of Happiness", Philosophy and Literature, 11:1 (April, 1987), 136-47.

Parini, Jay, on Themes Out of School, The Hudson Review 23 (Spring, 1984), 281-8.

Poague, Leland, Film Criticism, 7:2, 1983, 53-62.

Poague, Leland, "Cavell and the Fantasy of Criticism: Shakespearean Comedy and Ball of Fire", CineAction! 9 (Summer, 1987), 47-55.

Poague, Leland, "Engendering Vertigo", Hitchcock Annual 1994, 18-53.

Rosenstone, Robert, on Pursuits of Happiness, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 27 (April, 1985), 367-75.

Rothman, William, "Cavell and Film", entry in Michael Kelly (ed), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

Rothman, William, "Cavell's Creation", in Cohen, Guyer & Putnam (eds) Pursuits of Reason: Essays in Honour of Stanley Cavell (Texas Tech UP, 1993), 345-59.

Rothman, William, "Cavell's Philosophy and What Film Studies Calls "Theory": Must the Field of Film Studies Speak in One Voice?" Philosophy and Film, vol 2.

Rothman, William & Marian Keane "Toward a Reading of The World Viewed", Journal of Film and Video 49: nos 1-2, (Spring-Summer, 1997), 5-17.

Scheman, Naomi, "Missing Mothers / Desiring Daughters: Framing the Sight of Women", Critical Inquiry 15:1 (Autumn, 1998), 62-89.

Smith & Kerrigan (eds) Images in our Soul: Cavell, Psychoanalysis and Cinema ('Psychiatry and the Humanities' 10) Johns Hopkins UP, 1987.

Snyder, Joel, "What Happens by Itself in Photographs?", in Cohen, Guyer & Putnam (eds) Pursuits of Reason: Essays in Honour of Stanley Cavell (Texas Tech UP, 1993), 361-73.

Zucker, Carol, "On 'Over-Reading' and 'Under-Reading' Films" (On Pursuits of Happiness), Canadian Review of American Studies, 17:2 (1986), 251-55.

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Report from the U of Pennsylvania symposium, Cavell and Hollywood, "Sticking to his guns on film and philosophy", by Carlin Romano, The Inquirer Dec 7, 1998.

Reviews of Cavell

The World Viewed

Carroll, Noël, Film Comment (January, 1973), pp. 62-4.

Pursuits of Happiness

Anderegg, Michael, Michigan Quarterly Review 23 (Spring 1984), 281-8.

Hawthorne, G., London Review of Books, IV:6.

Neill, Alex, "Kinship and Separation in Cavell's Pursuits of Happiness", Philosophy and Literature 11:1 (Apr. 1987), 136-47.

Rosenstone, Robert, Comparative Studies in Society and History 27 (Apr. 1985), 367-75.

Wood, Michael, "One Mo' Time", The New York Review of Books, Jan 21, 1982.

Themes out of School

Davidson, A., London Review of Books, VI:24

Hodge, Joanna Marrack, British Journal of Aesthetics 26 (Autumn, 1986), 404-6.

Parini, Jay, The Hudson Review, 38 (Spring 1985), 115-19.

Contesting Tears

Connor, J.D., "Disappearing, Inc.: Hollywood Melodrama and the Perils of Criticism", MLN Restricted on-line access 112 (Dec. 1997), 958-70.

Kaplan, E. Ann, Film Quarterly, 52:1 (Fall, 1998), 77-81.

Krzywinska, Tanya, Journal of American Studies, 32:3 (Dec, 98), 531-2.

Slocum, J. David, Times Literary Supplement 4945 (Jan. 9 1998), 17.

Wartenberg, Thomas, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 56 (Winter, 1998), 82-3.

Stanley Cavell on film


The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film (Harvard University Press, 1971). Enlarged Edition published 1979.

Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage (Harvard University Press, 1981).

Themes out of School: Effects and Causes (North Point Press, 1984).

Contesting Tears: The Melodrama of the Unknown Woman (University of Chicago Press, 1996).



"Leopards in Connecticut", Georgia Review (Summer). Revised as "Leopards in Connecticut: Bringing up Baby", in Pursuits of Happiness.

"Some Reflections on the Ontology of Film", New American Review 12, 140-59.


"[An Afterimage-] On Makajevev on Bergman", Critical Inquiry 6:2, 305-30, reprinted in Vlada Petric (ed) Film and Dreams: An Approach to Bergman (Redgrave Publishing Co.), 197-220, reprinted in Themes Out of School.

"Pursuits of Happiness: A Reading of The Lady Eve", New Literary History, 10, 581-601. Revised as "Cons and Pros: The Lady Eve", in Pusuits of Happiness.


"Knowledge as Transgression", Daedalus (Spring). Revised as "Knowledge as Transgression: It Happened One Night", in Pursuits of Happiness.


"North by Northwest", Critical Inquiry 9:1, 157-78, reprinted in Themes Out of School, reprinted in Deutelbaum & Poague (eds) A Hitchcock Reader (Iowa State UP, 1986), 249-64.


"The Fact of Television", Daedalus 111:4, 75-96, reprinted in Themes Out of School.


"The Thought of Movies", The Yale Review 72:2, 181-200, reprinted in Themes Out of School. Reprinted in Freeland & Wartenberg (eds) Philosophy and Film (Routledge, 1995).


"Appendix: 'Film in the University'", in Themes Out of School.

"What Becomes of Things on Film?", Philosophy and Literature 2:2, 249-57, reprinted in Themes Out of School.


"A Capra Moment", Humanities 6:4, 3-7.

"What Photography Calls Thinking", Raritan, 4:4, 1-21, reprinted in Poirier (ed) Raritan Reading (Rutgers UP, 1990), 47-65.

"Psychoanalysis and Drama", in Smith & Kerrigan (eds) Images in Our Souls. Partly revised as "Psychoanalysis and Cinema: Moments of Letter from an Unknown Woman" in Pursuits of Happiness.


"Psychoanalysis and Cinema: The Melodrama of the Unknown Woman", in Kerrigan (ed) Images in our Souls, 11-43.


"Two Cheers for Romance", in Willard Gaylin and Ethel Person (eds) Passionate Attachments: Thinking about Love (New York: Free Press; London: Collier Macmillan.)


"Naughty Orators: Negation of Voice in Gaslight", in Budick & Isler (eds) Languages of the Unsayable (Columbia UP). Reprinted in Contesting Tears.

"Who Disappoints Whom?", Critical Inquiry 15:3, 606-610.


"Postscript (1989): To Whom It May Concern", Critical Inquiry 16:2, 248-89. Reprinted in Contesting Tears.

"Ugly Duckling, Funny Butterfly: Bette Davis and Now, Voyager", Critical Inquiry 16:2, 213-89. Reprinted in Contesting Tears.


"Prénom: Marie", Foreword to Maryel Locke and Charles Warren (eds), Jean-Luc Godard's Hail Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film (Carbondale, Southern Illinois UP), xvii-xiii.


Review of The Marx Brothers: ‘A Day at the Races', ‘Monkey Business' and ‘Duck Soup' (French, K. editor). London Review of Books XVI:1.

"Words of Welcome", in Charles Warren (ed): Beyond Document: Essays on Nonfiction Film (University Press New England).


"Kärlekens årstider: Ingmar Bergmans Somarnattens leende och En vintersaga" [In Swedish - translation by Michael Tapper], Filmhäftet 111:3, 47-52.

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