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Animal RitesAmerican Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory$
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Cary Wolfe

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226905136

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226905129.001.0001

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Subject to Sacrifice

Subject to Sacrifice

Ideology, Psychoanalysis, and the Discourse of Species in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs

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Animal Rites

Jonathan Elmer

University of Chicago Press

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

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