Doctor of Philosophy
Inland Empires: The Concept of World in the Films of David Lynch
My project demystifies David Lynch by grounding his film worlds within an interdisciplinary, analytic framework. It performs a series of close viewings of Lynch’s original films, interpreting them through the recurring conscious or subconscious references drawn from his lifelong fascination with visual arts, philosophy, physics, sociology and psychology. It accounts for Lynch’s complex aesthetic, arcane symbolism and concept of world. While an appreciable body of critical writing on Lynch exists, the discourse thus far tends to consider his key tropes in isolation, resulting in a scholarly field limited by fractional insight. My project writes against this praxis by exploring the synergy between multiple tropes. It will be the first critical work to propose a holistic reading of Lynch’s screen oeuvre.
Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)
The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo, 2003)
Gummo (Harmony Korine, 1997)