Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive: Lynchean Symptoms Exposed and Transposed
In the introduction to this thesis, specific attention is given to Phillip Jeffries’ scene within Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. The importance of this scene is found in the way it directly transposes one Lynchean world — that of the Black Lodge/Red Room/White Lodge — on top of another — social reality. Within this chapter, we will investigate the relationship between Lynchean worlds and Zizekean symptoms. In order to depart upon this investigation, the fantastic/realistic structure of Lynch’s Black Lodge and the ways in which it resembles ‘our world’ will be undertaken. The depsychologized inhabitants of the White Lodge and their hierarchical relations will also be explored as will the individual’s initiatory Lodgian ‘Fire Walk.’ After all of these threads are woven together, we will be able to see how Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive can be thought of as different episodes in a (dis)continuous narrative. This chapter will also provide insights into how theoretical interpretations of David Lynch’s films can assist us in understanding our relationship to time, eternity and the Lacanian Real. In addition, bear in mind the dimensions of time, eternity, reality, Reality, the Now, the beginning and the denouement.
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