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Matt Bennett
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Asst. Professor, Electronic Media Communications, UCBA
Asst. Professor, Electronic Media Communications, UCBA

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I just had a new article published in the International Journal of Literary Humanities.
Amidst the hardboiled detectives, doomed protagonists, and femmes fatales in “films noirs,” works of art often operate as characters in their own right, effecting their own double-crossings. Thus far, the presence of art in the mise-en-scene has remained a largely untapped resource in helping to understand these popular American films of the 1940s and 1950s. In this article, I explore the deployment of art in noir as a duplicitous narrative device, with intentions ranging from confusion through deceit to destruction. Art can function to drive the narrative, but can also serve as a canvas upon which characters can project their own fantasies. Art can also be understood as the product of the sublimated sex drive of artist characters appearing in the films. The capacity of images to conceal the truth is fully taken advantage of in noir, and the perfidy of those images is central to the narrative of many of the films.

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Freudian psychoanalysis is all the rage in Argentina. This is the country with the highest number of psychologists per capita and where psychoanalysis is a standard treatment option for kids. So it makes sense that in prisons, too, the inmates get…

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Fake Blood has new track, “Questions (original mix),” on the Maximono Selections compilation. I couldn’t resist editing together a little video to accompany it. Please support Fake Blood by purchasing this track through Amazon at:…

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This Friday, June 24, the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought presents Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze based on Maurice Sendak’s book. The screening will be followed by discussion about grief in a dramatic dreamscape by Rachel…

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Dada Lives! is an international exhibition by contemporary Dada-inspired artists from across the United States, and over 20 other nations, conceived to celebrate the centennial of the founding of the Dada movement in 1916. The exhibition’s opening…

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Sookie and Symptom, Vampire and Void: Irruption of the Real in True Blood February 18, 2016 · Volume 20 (2016) Abstract Sookie Stackhouse, the protagonist of HBO’s True Blood, is a telepath who has grown up knowing what people “really” think. From the…

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Core training has become the gold standard for physical fitness. A strong core has many benefits, from improving balance, stabilizing the back, preventing injury, and even helping us breathe. Core training goes hand in hand with functional training. With…

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In honor of the centenary of Dada, please visit MetaDada: The International Journal of Dada Mining – https://metadadajournal.wordpress.com/  

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Sigmund Freud, the father of psycho­analysis, remains a great thinker still needed in a troubled world some 77 years after his death at the house in Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, now the Freud Museum, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in July. While…

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On Friday, January 22nd, the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought screened an episode of the Brazilian television series, Psi, about a psychoanalyst, Carlo Antonini, his family, and his practice in São Paulo. The series is co-written by Contardo…
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