Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life,” and Emerson
September 23, 2015 § 1 Comment
A scholar at Oregon State University wrote a Master’s Thesis on the subject: “The Soul Announces Itself: Terrence Malick’s Emersonian Cinema.”
There is also this Cinephile review of “Tree of Life” that connects it to Emerson and Transcendentalism.
In discussion of Emerson’s “Experience,” and ways that we might think of Malick’s film as his version of “Experience,” borrowing the plot, so to speak, of the essay, with the mother as the voice of Emerson, I also mentioned a book of essays about rethinking funerals, and questioning some of the conventions we have around death. The book is Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty.
After class, another book, a novel, came to mind as potentially Emersonian, or at least, related in its exploration of the grieving process, of thriving by casualties. It is Enon by Paul Harding.