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Impossible David Lynch

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ISBN-10: 0231139551

ISBN-13: 9780231139557

Edition: 2007 (Annotated)

Authors: Todd McGowan

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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,…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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

Introduction: The Bizarre Nature of Normality
Sacrificing One's Head for an Eraser
The Integration of the Impossible Object in The Elephant Man
Dune and the Path to Salvation
Fantasizing the Father in Blue Velvet
The Absence of Desire in Wild at Heart
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Identification with the Object
Finding Ourselves on a Lost Highway
The Ethics of Fantasizing in The Straight Story
Navigating Mulholland Drive, David Lynch's Panegyric to Hollywood
Conclusion: The Ethics of Fantasy