The Impossible David Lynch

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Columbia University Press, 2007 - Performing Arts - 265 pages
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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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Filmmaker David Lynch, whose work ranges from the disturbing seminal cult filmEraserhead to the big-budget sf flopDune , delights in confounding the expectations of critics and moviegoers alike ... Read full review

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If you're a fan of David Lynch, then you must read this book - in a word it is a stunning piece of erudition and theoretical thinking. The best academic book on Lynch yet to published. Read full review

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Contents

The Bizarre Nature of Normality
1
Sacrificing Ones Head for an Eraser
26
The Integration of the Impossible Object in The Elephant Man
49
Dune and the Path to Salvation
68
Fantasizing the Father in Blue Velvet
90
The Absence of Desire in Wild at Heart
110
Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me and Identification with the Object
129
Finding Ourselves on a Lost Highway
154
The Ethics of Fantasizing in The Straight Story
177
Navigating Mulholland Drive David Lynchs Panegyric to Hollywood
194
The Ethics of Fantasy
220
NOTES
225
INDEX
259
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Todd McGowan is associate professor of English at the University of Vermont.

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