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Celia Johnson's Face

Celia Johnson's Face K e n t P u c k e t t • 4 Ж f i g u r e 1 : Celia Johnson's face. Brief Encounter and The Theory o f the N ovel It's hard to im agine Georg Lukács having much —o r at least much n ice —to say about a m ovie like B rie f Encounter. It m ig ht, in th a t case, be ju s t as hard to see w h a t they're doing to g e th e r here. Lukács's The Theory o f the Novel, published in parts in 1916 and as a book in 1918, is a p o w e rfu lly com pressed account o f the novel and its relation to m odernity. David Lean's B rie f Encounter, released in 1945, is neither a novel nor a th e o ry o f the novel; it is rather a m odest film about a passionate, unconsum m ated affair between tw o m arried and unrem arkably, if unm istakably, charm ing people. If, tho ugh , these seem to have little to do w ith one another, the y http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

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Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Regents of the University of Colorado
ISSN
0013-8282
eISSN
2573-3575
DOI
10.1215/00138282-49.2.53
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Abstract

K e n t P u c k e t t • 4 Ж f i g u r e 1 : Celia Johnson's face. Brief Encounter and The Theory o f the N ovel It's hard to im agine Georg Lukács having much —o r at least much n ice —to say about a m ovie like B rie f Encounter. It m ig ht, in th a t case, be ju s t as hard to see w h a t they're doing to g e th e r here. Lukács's The Theory o f the Novel, published in parts in 1916 and as a book in 1918, is a p o w e rfu lly com pressed account o f the novel and its relation to m odernity. David Lean's B rie f Encounter, released in 1945, is neither a novel nor a th e o ry o f the novel; it is rather a m odest film about a passionate, unconsum m ated affair between tw o m arried and unrem arkably, if unm istakably, charm ing people. If, tho ugh , these seem to have little to do w ith one another, the y

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Published: Sep 1, 2011

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