Social Order and Subconscious Disorder: The Gothic Aesthetic of David Lynch

by Graça P. Corrêa.

From its inception the Gothic mode is structurally and thematically associated with the irrational, the ambiguous, the chaotic, the hidden, and the nightmare. Its fiction is populated by monstrous figures, by hybrids (in animal-human and machine-human combinations), and by other imaginary dwellers of the dark side. It is an aesthetic rooted in the intuition of a paranormal and supernatural realm, of a world that transcends human reason and therefore contests anthropocentric reality. It is therefore not surprising to suggest that US director David Lynch’s filmic oeuvre is aesthetically Gothic, as a few critics have already hinted at. CONTINUE READING >


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