The Philosophy of Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy
Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight
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Richard Linklater’s trilogy of critically-acclaimed ‘Before’ films – Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight – depict the ongoing relationship and romantic destiny of two characters played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke.
This collection of specially commissioned chapters explores the many philosophical issues raised in the films, including:
- the nature of love, romanticism and marriage
- the meaning of life
- the passage and experience of time
- the narrative self
Including an introduction by the editors summarising the trilogy, and an interview with Julie Delpy in which she discusses the key themes of the films and the importance of studying philosophy, The Philosophy of Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy is essential reading for students of philosophy, aesthetics and film studies, and also of interest to those in closely related subjects such as literature and gender studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Hans Maes and Katrien Schaubroeck
1. The Poetry of Day-to-Day Life Michael Smith
2. Time and Transcendence in the Before Trilogy Marya Schechtman
3. A Trilogy of Melancholy: On the bittersweet in Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight Hans Maes
4. ‘Relational vertigo’ in Before Midnight Christopher Cowley
5. Epic Intimacy Murray Smith
6. ‘Romantic or Cynic’: Romantic Attraction as Justification Diane Jeske
7. The Many Faces of Conversation in the Before Trilogy Kalle Puolakka
8. Love, Death and Life’s Summum Bonum: The Before Trilogy as Memento Mori Anna Christina Ribeiro
9. Falling in Love with a Film (Series) Katrien Schaubroeck and Hans Maes
10. Romance, Narrative, and the Sense of a Happy Ending in the Before Series James MacDowell
11. "We Are Everything and We Are Nothing." An interview with Julie Delpy Hans Maes and Katrien Schaubroeck.
Hans Maes is Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent, UK. He has authored and edited a number of books, including: Portraits and Philosophy (Routledge, 2020), Conversations on Art and Aesthetics (2017), Pornographic Art and The Aesthetics of Pornography (2013), and Art and Pornography (2012).
Katrien Schaubroeck is Senior Lecturer at the Philosophy Department of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She works on the philosophy of love, and with Esther Kroeker co-edited the volume Love, Reason, and Morality (Routledge, 2017).