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Lars von Trier: Traversing the Fantasy of the Child

  • William H. Koch
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Abstract

In his chapter, William Koch argues that many of the central themes of Lars von Trier’s films can be understood in light of the psychoanalysis of Jacques Lacan and Lee Edelman’s extension of those ideas. Specifically, the theme of the death or sacrifice of the child can be interpreted in light of the contrast between fantasy and the Death Drive. This allows for a reading of the Depression Trilogy and most of the Golden Heart Trilogy that hinges on the response of the main characters to the death or life of the child who forms the hidden central spoke of the plot.

Keywords

Lacan Drive Antichrist Melocholia Medea Synthhomosexual 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • William H. Koch
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  1. 1.Department of Academic Literacy and LinguisticsBorough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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