Subject to Sacrifice

Jonathan Elmer

in Animal Rites

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780226905136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226905129 | DOI:
Subject to Sacrifice

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This chapter analyzes psychoanalysis, ideology and the discourse of the species in Jonathan Demme's film The Silence of the Lambs. It suggests that cross-species identification for the character of Clarice Starling lies at the trauma for which the law of culture is felt to be compensatory. This chapter argues that Starling's relationship with Hannibal Lecter mobilizes and at the same time evacuates psychoanalytic discourse. It also discusses Jonathan Elmer's criticism on the film.

Keywords: The Silence of the Lambs; John Demme; psychoanalysis; ideology; species; Clarice Starling; Hannibal Lecter; psychoanalytic discourse; Jonathan Elmer

Chapter.  11304 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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