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Deeply influenced by psychoanalysis, this film is largely an exploration of trauma; on the one hand, the individual trauma’s of the screenwriters, Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, but also some the traumas which lie at the core of post-WWI European society as viewed by them, such as the overbearing weight of religion and the inescapable awareness of our own mortality.
This article contents that, as part of its wider critique of the establishment and of rationality itself, Un chien andalou also charges against traditional gender divisions and gender roles, to the point that a detailed analysis of the representation of gender in this film will reveal that gender, insofar as it is a social construct, is also portrayed and denounced as traumatic experience. In order to do this, this analysis will be carried out following Cathy Caruth’s psychoanalytic approach to trauma theory.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
- Luis Buñuel
- 1 Finished
Caballero Rodriguez, B., 8 Jun 2017, Glasgow
Research output: Other contribution
Caballero Rodriguez, B. & Verdier, C., 2016, In: Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies. 5, 2, p. 1-5 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Special issue › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile14 Downloads (Pure)
Beatriz Caballero Rodriguez (Organiser)11 Mar 2016 → 12 Mar 2016
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organiser of major conference
Caroline Verdier (Guest editor) & Beatriz Caballero Rodriguez (Guest editor)2016 → 2017
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Journal or guest editorship