Tag Archives: Desire

Why Did Vertigo Top Citizen Kane at #1?

“Vertigo” is a film about how we are driven by desire and how to achieve it is to lose it.

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The Bard’s Defense of Midsummer Marriage

Teaching a course in British Fantasy has given me a new perspective on Midsummer Night’s Dream, our first work. The course could be called (borrowing from Bruno Bettelheim) “the uses of enchantment” because our focus is on how and why people turn to fantasy. In our class discussion, we decided that Shakespeare uses his green […]

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