“It’s a strange world, isn’t it?”: fantasy, reality and David Lynch

Harris, Ian (2011) “It’s a strange world, isn’t it?”: fantasy, reality and David Lynch. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study is to look at the works of the American director David Lynch. Analysing his early work to see how his time at college would shape his feature films, the main body of the study will look at two of his key texts to see how he employs a postmodern aesthetic as well as references to genre within his work. By focussing specifically on the texts Lost Highway (1997) and Mulholland Drive (2001), a close textual analysis will investigate the deeper connotations within his self-conscious style and explore how, throughout the core of his work, a critique of Hollywood and their domination of the global film industry, is evident. The study on Lost Highway will look at how Lynch uses film noir genre conventions to develop his narrative, while a look at oneiric imagery within Mulholland Drive will draw upon Carl Jung's dream framework to see how Lynch critiques the lassical Hollywood narrative and their dominant modes of storytelling.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 13:23
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7038

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