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Self-fashioning, Freedom, and the Problem of His-story: the return of noir

DOI: 10.4000/ejas.1842

Keywords: history , Symbolic , Subjectivity , Self-fashioning , Masculinity , Jouissance , Freedom , Ahistoricism , Film Noir , Violence

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With a mix of two patently American film genres - film noir and the western - David Cronenberg’s critically acclaimed A History of Violence (2005) sets up a group of oppositions through the story of a man who leaves a life of crime and violence behind to assume a new identity, start a family, and settle down in the quiet town of Millbrook, Indiana. The oppositions between gangster thug, super-killer and good citizen, family-man are paralleled in another opposition particularly typical to the ...


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