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Un -American psycho: Brian DePalma and the “political invisible”


2005 2005

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation project uses the notorious American film director Brian DePalma---the oft-despised auteur of such controversial films as Scarface, Dressed to Kill, and Body Double---as a springboard for a discussion of several interrelated topics: first, the Oedipal relationship between Film Studies as a discipline and its "obscene father," Alfred Hitchcock; second, the American New Left and the narratives of failure that it generates about itself in the wake of the 1960's, with special attention to DePalma's relationship to the avatar of Left film practice, Jean-Luc Godard; and finally, the complex relationship between the politicization of pornography, the economy of authorship, and the New Hollywood of the "Film School Generation."

Indexing (details)


Subject
Motion pictures;
American studies
Classification
0900: Motion pictures
0323: American studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Auteurism; De Palma, Brian; Feminism; Films
Title
Un -American psycho: Brian DePalma and the “political invisible”
Author
Dumas, Christopher Nathaniel
Number of pages
392
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0093
Source
DAI-A 66/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542437434, 0542437430
Advisor
Hawkins, Joan C.
University/institution
Indiana University
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3199408
ProQuest document ID
304987454
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304987454
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