Memory, Identity and Desire: A Psychoanalytic Reading of David Lynch’s "Mulholland Drive"

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    Abstract

    This is a reading of David Lynch’s "Mulholland Drive" through the psychoanalytic approach of Lacan from the perspective of formation of fantasy and shifting identities. Lynch constructs his films consciously choosing his themes from the sub(versive/conscious) side of human mind. "Mulholland Drive" has been analyzed several times from different approaches, ranging from gender (Love, 2004) to narratology (Lentzner, 2005; Mc-Gowan, 2004; Cook, 2011). This detailed textual analysis intends to rationalize Lynch’s narrative structure through Lacanian terms in reference to Žižekian terminology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)58-76
    JournalCINEJ Cinema Journal
    Volume2
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012

    Keywords

    • psychoanalysis
    • David Lynch
    • Lacan
    • Zizek
    • film studies

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