‘No Ideas but in Seeing’: Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson (2016)

Blinder, Caroline. 2020. ‘No Ideas but in Seeing’: Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson (2016). In: Andreas Kramer and Jan Röhnert, eds. Poetry and Film: Lyrik und Film. Abbas Kiarostami and Jim Jarmusch. Frankfurt am Main: Edition Faust, pp. 187-199. ISBN 9783945400760 [Book Section]

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This look at Jim Jarmusch's poetic film about a bus driver aptly named Paterson after the city he navigates, attempts to connect the poetics of William Carlos Williams with the sense of civic duty that the film embodies. The chapter argues that structurally and poetically, the idea of ephemerality and lyricism is intrinsically tied in the film to ideas of communality and participation.

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Jim Jarmusch, Paterson, William Carlos Williams, Charles Sheeler, Modernism

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English and Comparative Literature


1 April 2018Completed
January 2020Published

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