The contributors would like to offer their collective thanks to David Owen for conceiving of this volume, soliciting the authors’ contributions, and encouraging a robust dialogue. Without his interest, editorial judgment and perpetual good cheer, this exchange would never have come about. We also thank Caroline Wintersgill for shepherding the result through some unexpected editorial obstacles, and Isla Rosser-Owen for excellent copy-editing. And we thank Stanley Cavell, above all, for inspiring the conversation.

Joshua Foa Dienstag: I am grateful to UCLA Division of Social Sciences and the School of Law as well as the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship) for sabbatical time and research support which enabled the writing of this Letter and supplemental response. I would like to particularly thank Elisabeth Anker, Lori Marso, David Owen, Davide Panagia and Tracy Strong for their encouragement of this project through a long period of development. I would like to also thank my colleagues and students at UCLA for their feedback during presentations and classes on political theory and film. Finally, as always, Jennifer Mnookin, Sophia Dienstag and Isaac Dienstag are a source of unmediated joy and support and have my endless love and gratitude.

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Cinema, democracy and perfectionism

Joshua Foa Dienstag in dialogue


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