This tongue is not my own: Dogtooth, phobia and the paternal metaphor

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Tyrer, B. 2017. This tongue is not my own: Dogtooth, phobia and the paternal metaphor. in: Kazakopoulou, T. and Fotiou, M. (ed.) Contemporary Greek Film Cultures from 1990 to the Present Peter Lang. pp. 101-129
Chapter titleThis tongue is not my own: Dogtooth, phobia and the paternal metaphor
AuthorsTyrer, B.
Abstract

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth (2009) exists in the shadow of certain real life cases and, as a film about a dictatorial Greek patriarch, is open to readings of political allegory; aesthetically, it is a post-Haneke minimal-realist piece, of fixed shots and cramped framing, and it employs an amalgam of professional and non-professional actors; it is also a reflection on the transgressive and liberating possibilities of the cinema itself; but what is most interesting about the film, from a Lacanian perspective, is what it suggests about language and family structure. And so, through concepts such as phobia and the paternal metaphor, as well as alienation and the uncanny – as they are theorized by Lacanian psychoanalysis – this chapter will explore the constitution of the Subject, in and through language, in Dogtooth to reveal – in a properly psychoanalytic manner – what the “pathological” instance here can tell us about the general condition.

Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
LanguageEnglish
Page range101-129
Book titleContemporary Greek Film Cultures from 1990 to the Present
EditorsKazakopoulou, T. and Fotiou, M.
PublisherPeter Lang
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Electronic9781787075115
Paperback9783034319041
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Print2017
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Deposited12 Jun 2023
Output statusPublished
Web address (URL)https://www.peterlang.com/document/1109853
JournalContemporary Greek Film Cultures from 1990 to the Present
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