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Murderous Masochism in The Comfort of Strangers

Jennifer Mitchell

in Ordinary Masochisms: Agency and Desire in Victorian and Modernist Fiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780813066677
eISBN:
9780813058863
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066677.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Almost one hundred years after The Torture Garden, Ian McEwan’s The Comfort of Strangers (1981), the subject of this conclusion, explores the complex relationship between masochistic pleasure and ... More


Paul Schrader’s Experiment in Italian Neo-decadence: The Comfort of Strangers and the Sadean System

Robert Dassanowsky

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Schrader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474462037
eISBN:
9781474490696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474462037.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The Comfort of Strangers (GB/Italy1990), directed by Paul Schrader and written by Harold Pinter (from the short novel by Ian McEwan), who had supplied the 1960s with its premier parable on power and ... More


Passivity and Responsibility in The Comfort of Strangers, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist and Adam Resurrected

Edward Lamberti

in Performing Ethics Through Film Style: Levinas with the Dardenne Brothers, Barbet Schroeder and Paul Schrader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474444002
eISBN:
9781474476621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444002.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In Otherwise than Being, Emmanuel Levinas talks of ethics state as being ‘a passivity more passive than all passivity’, the idea that we want nothing for ourselves and that this is what enables us to ... More


Dreams of captivity: The Comfort of Strangers

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Ian McEwan's novel The Comfort of Strangers and his screenplay for the film The Imitation Game. It explains that the film is McEwan's first explicit engagement of feminism and ... More


Introduction

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This volume analyzes the works of British novelist Ian McEwan. It considers the problematic claim that McEwan is possibly the most significant of a number of writers who have resuscitated the link ... More


ReFocus: The Films of Paul Schrader

Michelle E. Moore and Brian Brems (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474462037
eISBN:
9781474490696
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474462037.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Paul Schrader’s unique relationship to the role of the author (as screenwriter, director and critic) has long informed his cinema, and raises complicated questions about the definition of the auteur. ... More


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