David Lynch Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

CRITICISM

Biga, Tracy. Review of Blue Velvet, by David Lynch. Film Quarterly 151, no. 1 (fall 1987): 44-9.

Biga focuses on the character of Sandy in her feminist analysis of Blue Velvet.

Carrión, María M. “Twin Peaks and the Circular Ruins of Fiction: Figuring (Out) the Acts of Reading.” Literature Film Quarterly 21, no. 4 (October 1993): 240-47.

Carrión discusses the narrative structure of Lynch's television series Twin Peaks.

Carroll, Michael. “Agent Cooper's Errand in the Wilderness: Twin Peaks and American Mythology.” Literature Film Quarterly 21, no. 4 (October 1993): 287-95.

Carroll examines Twin Peaks in terms of the American frontier myth.

Chion, Michael. David Lynch. London: British Film Institute, 1995, 210 p.

Chion presents a series of essays on the thematic and stylistic elements of Lynch's films.

Hampton, Howard. “David Lynch's Secret History of the United States.” Film Comment 29, no. 3 (May-June 1993): 47-9.

Hampton examines Lynch's films in terms of the myth of small town American culture.

Kaleta, Kenneth C. “Lynch at His Best—Blue Velvet.” In David Lynch, pp. 90-132. New York: Twayne, 1993.

Kaleta discusses the stylistic and thematic elements of Blue Velvet.

Kerr, Philip. “Sex with a Dressing Gown.” New Statesman 131, no. 4570 (17 December 2001-7 January 2002): 102-03.

Kerr offers a retrospective look at Blue Velvet fifteen years after the film's initial release.

Lavery, David, editor. Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995, 281 p.

Lavery presents a collection of essays examining Twin Peaks and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

Lyons, Donald. “La-La Limbo.” Film Comment 33, no. 1 (January-February 1997): 2, 4.

Lyons explores Lost Highway as a psycho-sexual allegory.

Plummer, Laura. “‘I'm Not Laura Palmer’: David Lynch's Fractured Fairy Tale.” Literature Film Quarterly 25, no. 4 (1997): 307-11.

Plummer examines how Twin Peaks and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me share narrative qualities with the fairy tale genre.

Pollard, Scott. “Cooper, Details, and the Patriotic Mission of Twin Peaks.Literature Film Quarterly 21, no. 4 (October 1993): 296-304.

Pollard argues that Twin Peaks functions as a narrative of redemption aimed at middle-class Americans in support of the traditional “American Way of Life.”

Roberts, Rex. “Over Drive.” Insight on the News 17, no. 40 (29 October 2001): 27.

Roberts offers a positive assessment of Mulholland Drive, noting that the film is both entertaining and satisfying.

Additional coverage of Lynch's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 124, 129; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 66; and Literature Resource Center.