Melodrama: An Aesthetics of Impossibility
Jonathan Goldberg is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English at Emory University and the author of several books, most recently Strangers on a Train: A Queer Film Classic. He is also the author of Willa Cather and Others and editor of Queering the Renaissance, both also published by Duke University Press.
The coda rehearses connections between the impossible situation and the remediated possibility. By way of an analysis of Luchino Visconti’s impossible melodramas, it reformulates the relation of the possible and the impossible. It also suggests other linkages between the figures studied in the book and ends with a glance at Terence Davies’s The Long Day Closes as a perfect instance of the argument of the book.