From his cult classic television series Twin Peaks to his most recent film Inland Empire (2006), David Lynch is best known for his unorthodox narrative style. An award-winning director, producer, and writer, Lynch distorts and disrupts traditional storylines and offers viewers a surreal, often nightmarish perspective. His unique approach to filmmaking has made his work familiar to critics and audiences worldwide, and he earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director for The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), and Mulholland Drive (2001).
Lynch creates a new reality for both characters and audience by focusing on the individual and embracing existentialism. In The Philosophy of David Lynch, editors William J. Devlin and Shai Biderman have compiled an impressive list of contributors to explore the philosophy at the core of the filmmaker's work. Lynch is examined as a postmodern artist, and the themes of darkness, logic, and time are discussed in depth. Other prominent issues in Lynch's films, such as Bad faith and freedom, ethics, politics, and religion, are also considered. Investigating myriad aspects of Lynch's influential and innovative work, The Philosophy of David Lynch provides a fascinating look at the philosophical underpinnings of the famous cult director.
The University Press of Kentucky; February 2011
- ISBN 9780813133966
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- Title: The Philosophy of David Lynch
- Author: William J. Devlin (ed.); Shai Biderman (ed.); Robert Arp (contrib.); Patricia Brace (contrib.); Simon Riches (contrib.); Sander Lee (contrib.); Russell Manning (contrib.); Ronie Parciack (contrib.); Mark Walling (contrib.); Jennifer L. McMahon (contrib.); Tal Correm (contrib.); Richard Gaughran (contrib.); Shai Frogel (contrib.); Scott Suter (contrib.); Robert Southard (contrib.); Assaf Tabeka (contrib.)
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
In The Press
""Contributions from leading scholars in the areas of philosophy, film, and popular culture make The Philosophy of David Lynch a timely and accessible study of the director's thought-provoking body of work. With its broad scope and diverse perspectives, this definitive volume will gain the attention of scholars and the gratitude of Lynch's many fans." -- Steven M. Sanders, editor of The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film" --
About The Author
William J. Devlin is assistant professor of philosophy at Bridgewater State University. He lives in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Shai Biderman is in the philosophy department at Boston University. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.