The Impossible David Lynch

Author:   Todd McGowan (University of Vermont)
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
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9780231139540


Pages:   280
Publication Date:   02 February 2007
Format:   Hardback
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The Impossible David Lynch


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Todd McGowan launches a provocative exploration of weirdness and fantasy in David Lynch's groundbreaking oeuvre. He studies Lynch's talent for blending the bizarre and the normal to emphasize the odd nature of normality itself. Hollywood is often criticized for distorting reality and providing escapist fantasies, but in Lynch's movies, fantasy becomes a means through which the viewer is encouraged to build a revolutionary relationship with the world. Considering the filmmaker's entire career, McGowan examines Lynch's play with fantasy and traces the political, cultural, and existential impact of his unique style. Each chapter discusses the idea of impossibility in one of Lynch's films, including the critically acclaimed Blue Velvet and The Elephant Man; the densely plotted Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive; the cult favorite Eraserhead; and the commercially unsuccessful Dune. McGowan engages with theorists from the golden age of film studies (Christian Metz, Laura Mulvey, and Jean-Louis Baudry) and with the thought of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Hegel.By using Lynch's weirdness as a point of departure, McGowan adds a new dimension to the field of auteur studies and reveals Lynch to be the source of a new and radical conception of fantasy.

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Author:   Todd McGowan (University of Vermont)
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
Imprint:   Columbia University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.496kg
ISBN:  

9780231139540


ISBN 10:   0231139543
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   02 February 2007
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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Language:   English

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Sacrificing One's Head for an Eraser 2. The Integration of the Impossible Object in The Elephant Man 3. Dune and the Path to Salvation 4. Fantasizing the Father in Blue Velvet 5. The Absence of Desire in Wild at Heart 6. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me 7. Finding Ourselves on a Lost Highway 8. The Ethics of Fantasizing in The Straight Story 9. Navigating Mulholland Drive, David Lynch's Panegyric to Hollywood Conclusion: The Ethics of Fantasy Notes Index

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A well written book combining thoughtful Lynch essays for the thinkers and film fanatics! -- Horror News


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Todd McGowan is associate professor of English at the University of Vermont.

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