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Authorship and the Films of David Lynch: Aesthetic Receptions in Contemporary Hollywood

Authorship and the Films of David Lynch: Aesthetic Receptions in Contemporary Hollywood
Antony Todd

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This important new contribution to studies on authorship and film explores the ways in which shared and disputed opinions on aesthetic quality, originality and authorial essence have shaped receptions of Lynch's films. It is also the first book to approach David Lynch as a figure composed through language, history and text. Tracing the development of Lynch's career from cult obscurity with Eraserhead, to star auteur through the release of Blue Velvet, and TV phenomenon Twin Peaks, Antony Todd examines how his idiosyncratic style introduced the term 'Lynchian' to the colloquial speech of new Hollywood and helped establish Lynch as the leading light among contemporary American auteurs. Todd explores contemporary manners and attitudes for artistic reputation building, and the standards by which Lynch's reputation was dismantled following the release of Wild at Heart and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, only to be reassembled once more through films such as Lost Highway, Mulholland Dr. and INLAND EMPIRE.

In its account of the experiences at play in the encounter between ephemera, text and reader, this book reveals how authors function for pleasure in the modern filmgoer's everyday consumption of films.

Table of Contents

Introduction

In the Spirit of a Textual Historicity

David Lynch: the Making of a Post-classical Auteur

Meanings and Authorships in Dune

Critical Theory and 'cruel jokes': Principle of Ethics and Pleasure, and the Reception of Blue Velvet

Twin Peaks: the Rise and Fall of a Public Auteur

Brand Lynch

Receiving Mulholland Dr.: 'a contemporary film noir directed by David Lynch'

Conclusion

Author Info

Antony Todd is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd

Paperback
ISBN: 9781848855809
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2012
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 18 bw integrated illustrations

Hardback
ISBN: 9781848855793
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2012
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 18 bw integrated illustrations

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