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posted on 07.04.2020, 08:34 authored by Brian JarvisBrian Jarvis
David Lynch’s films are usually described as… Lynchian. This tautology recognises the distinctive features of Lynch’s cinema, but can also distract from a strong affinity with the gothic and horror genres. In all aspects of narrative design and character type, mise en scène and setting, thematics and tropology we can uncover compelling evidence of Lynch’s gothic sensibility. This essay pulls out the gothic spine from the body of Lynch’s work: the loopy storylines which replace conventional categories of time and space, inside and outside, dream and reality, self and other with clues, secrets and mystery; and a narrative engine fuelled by fear associated with extreme acts of violence, the transgression of primal taboos, shadowy doubles, monsters and demons.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

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  • English and Drama

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The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic

Pages

781 - 797

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© The Author

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This book chapter was published in the book The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic. The definitive published version of the book is available at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-33136-8.

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2020-07-11

Copyright date

2020

ISBN

9783030331351; 9783030331368

Language

en

Editor(s)

Clive Bloom

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Dr Brian Jarvis. Deposit date: 6 April 2020

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