The Impossible David Lynch
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Todd Mcgowan
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The Impossible David Lynch displays Todd McGowan's deep, sometimes truly breathtaking knowledge of David Lynch's work and of Lacanian theory. -- Slavoj Zizek, author of The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime: On David Lynch's Lost Highway Todd McGowan's book on David Lynch is an intellectually poignant, theoretically sophisticated, and erudite presentation of David Lynch's films that has truly extraordinary moments. -- Elisabeth Bronfen, University of Zurich Todd McGowan is a brilliantly effective writer. His explanations of difficult concepts are a marvel of sophistication, in which complexity and nuance are not sacrificed in order to reach all readers interested in the subject, both those well-versed in film studies and those who are not. -- Robert Lang, author of Masculine Interests
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Sacrificing One's Head for an Eraser2. The Integration of the Impossible Object in The Elephant Man3. Dune and the Path to Salvation4. Fantasizing the Father in Blue Velvet5. The Absence of Desire in Wild at Heart6. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me7. Finding Ourselves on a Lost Highway8. The Ethics of Fantasizing in The Straight Story9. Navigating Mulholland Drive, David Lynch's Panegyric to HollywoodConclusion: The Ethics of FantasyNotesIndex
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.