Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks
Wayne State University Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 281 pages
Full of Secrets contains virtually everything you need to know about Twin Peaks. This fascinating collection of essays considers David Lynch’s politics, the enigmatic musical score, and the show’s cult status, treatment of family violence, obsession with doubling, and silencing of women. Also included are a director and writer list, a cast list, a Twin Peaks calendar, a complete scene breakdown for the entire series, and a comprehensive bibliography.
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I have only read a couple of essays in this collection, but have been unimpressed by both of them.
Diana Hume George professes to have been a huge fan of Twin Peaks, yet states that Donna's mother, Mrs Hayward, has no known first name. Anyone who has actually watched and re-watched Twin Peaks (as Ms Hume George claims to have done) will know that Donna's mother is Eileen Hayward. This 'rookie' mistake prevents me from taking seriously anything she discusses in her essay. She is obviously not the expert she thinks she is!
I also read the essay written by Alice Kuzniar. While her work is more insightful than Ms Hume George's, her punctuation, at times, makes it almost impossible for the reader to understand the sense of the sentence. I have a degree in English (First Class Honours) and often needed to re-read the sentences several times due to bad punctuation rendering them almost incomprehensible.
In summary, I feel that the general standard of writing and literary criticism in this book is not up to scratch. I could certainly have contributed something more intelligent and insightful and, unlike Ms Hume George,
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