Identity and the seduction of desire : the films of David Cronenberg
Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Richard P. Sugg
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Bruce A. Harvey
Third Advisor's Name
Date of Defense
This thesis proposes a more holistic approach to analyzing the films of David Cronenberg with specific emphasis on perduring themes such as the exploration of the body, the split male self and the narrative death drive. The study examines three films from visually distinct periods in his career: Shivers (1975) from the B-horror genre; The Fly (1986) from the Hollywood melodramatic mainstream genre; and Crash (1996) from the highly stylized and intellectually probing hyper-realistic genre. Although the surface of the films varies, all share the following: a concern with the central character's relation to the body, the split Cronenbergian male manifested by two opposing characters, and the narrative death drive. Cronenberg transfers the site of horror from outside of the body to inside the mind, explores the crisis of identity through the split male, and uses the narrative death drive to emphasize the male's dive into the unconscious and inevitable destruction.
Fernandez, Ingrid, "Identity and the seduction of desire : the films of David Cronenberg" (2006). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3302.
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