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978-1-4985-5593-7 • Hardback • December 2019 • $111.00 • (£85.00)
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James D. Reid is professor of philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Candace R. Craig teaches English at Pikes Peak Community College.
1. “I Wanna Finish This One My Own Way”: Strong Agency in The Straight Story
2. From Pasture to Hellhole: Weak Agency and Industry in Eraserhead
3. Imaginative Recognition and Transfiguration in The Elephant Man
4. Knowledge, Agency, and Violence in Blue Velvet
5. Agency and Identity in Wild at Heart
6. “You’ll Never Have Me”: Agents Apart in Lost Highway
7. “It’s No Longer Your Film”: Fantasy, Fate, and Agency in Mulholland Dr.
8. “My Wife is Not a Free Agent”: Agency Lost in INLAND EMPIRE
9. Agency Regained in Twin Peaks: The Return, or Myths of Overreaching
Focusing on questions of agency, its moving parts and scope, its power and limits, James D. Reid and Candace R. Craig search Lynch's wild corpus for "edification and insight into the human condition and the problems endemic to the task of trying to live well." Luckily for readers, they provide it as well. Following their crisp prose through eight films and Twin Peaks, one is rewarded with a rich and varied feel for Lynch, film in general, and the innumerable pitfalls, plummets, and occasional glories that await those who not only wish to live but to flourish.
— John Lysaker, Emory University
The book is well researched, addressing a range of scholars on the subject in a manner that is neither superfluous nor reductive, all the while carving out their own interpretation of the films. I certainly got a lot out of this book, and would recommend it to other philosophers of film.
— Alain Beauclair, MacEwan University