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Authority and Transgression

THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY (1974) The transgression does not deny the taboo but transcends it and completes it. – Georges Bataille (63) Introduction Narrative Structure.  Luis Buñuel’s penultimate film The Phantom of Liberty (Le Fantôme de la liberté, 1974) shares … Continue reading

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Symbolic Exchange And Death

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) This essay will examine a complex series of interlocking metaphors, both verbal and visual, which recur throughout Hitchcock’s Psycho and which articulate a concept that Jean Baudrillard has labelled “symbolic exchange.”  This notion – arising from … Continue reading

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