A journey through Blue Velvet: film, fantasy and the female spectator

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 1988 Number 6

A journey through Blue Velvet: film, fantasy and the female spectator
Barbara Creed pages -


Creed examines David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet, a text that with its open Freudian ‘signposts’ appears to render interpretation redundant, but which can nevertheless itself be subjected to analysis as a ‘hysterical text’. She reads the film in relation to Freud’s idea of fantasies, showing that it comprises at least three types: the public fantasy of cinema, a dream fantasy of the protagonist, and a series of primal fantasies in the narrative. Creed looks at themes of castration, voyeurism, masochism and Oedipality in the film, and considers its staging of gender in relation to cinematic gaze and shot composition. She questions whether the female in film can be afforded her own gaze, and shows how Blue Velvet stages the interchangeabilty of the primal subject positions mother-child-father, discussing works by Laplanche, Metz, Silverman and Mulvey along the way.

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Barbara Creed (1988) A journey through Blue Velvet: film, fantasy and the female spectator, New Formations, 1988(6), -

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