Dissertations and other academic writings on David Lynch


David Eric Annandale (PhD): Beast with a million eyes: Unleashing horror through Deleuze and Guattari (Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, H. P. Lovecraft, David Lynch).  University of Alberta, 1998. 307 pp. Advisor: Chisholm, Dianne
Sheli  Ayers:  "The phantasmatic "redemption" of the postmodern commodity-body in post-avantgardist texts by Kathy Acker, J.G. Ballard and David Lynch. Dissertation, Santa Barbara, University of California
Ian Banks (MPhil): The mortician's art: David Lynch in context. Thesis, University of Reading 1996

Holly Lynn Baumgartner: Visualizing Levinas: Existence and Existents Through Mulholland Drive, Memento, and Vanilla Sky. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Bowling Green State University, English/Rhetoric and Writing, 2005.

available online here

Lynda Paige Battle: A postmodern feminist analysis of motherhood in the films Blue Velvet and Paris, Texas. North Carolina State University Raleigh 1996. 51 leaves ; 29 cm.
Shehan Bonatz: “Reality perception, identity and violence in American film discussed at the example of David Lynch's Lost Highway (USA 1997) and David Cronenberg's eXistenZ (CAN 1999)”, [= Hochschulschriften, Bd. 2], trafo verlag 2003,  157 S., ISBN 3-89626-416-8

available here

David Michael Brown:  Welcome Bedfellows: Science Fiction texts and their cinematic adaptations (Frank Herbert, Philip K. Dick, David Lynch, Ridley Scott), 100 pp., 1998 MA Thesis Utah State University (Logan, Utah)
Advisor: Bishnu Ghosh
Bevin Campbell: Babes in the Woods: Death, Eroticism, and Femininity
in David Lynch's Twin Peaks. B.A. Honors Thesis, University of Colorado
Mary Ellen Brown: Postmodernism, identity and Twin Peaks. "For presentation at Constructing the Self in a Mediated World: Interdisciplinary Views, the International Communication Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 27-31, 1993." -- t.p./ Cover title./ Bibliography: p. 26-29.
Annie Chester: In dreams : an exploration into the universe of David Lynch. Bachelor´s Thesis, State University of New York, 2004
Kathleen-Ann Chisholm: Toward a Rhetorical Hermeneutic for Film: 'Blue Velvet' as Cinematic Text.  University of Minnesota, 1993 (Dissertation)

Michaële Cutaya: For a Baroque Aesthetic, A study of the Films of David Lynch. National College of Arts and Design, Dublin

the entire work is available online here

A. Davison: Hollywood theory, non-Hollywood practice: cinema soundtracks in the 1980s. Sheffield 1999. "Wild at Heart" is among the films analyzed.

You´ll find an abstract here

Timothy Dugdale: Interpreting Blue Velvet: A Film Ethnography of Small Town America Inverted and Possible Extensions to Small Town Canada. Master of Arts, Communication Studies University of Windsor 1990/ 91
Mark Dodsworth: Heightened Signifiers and Iconic Figures in the Cinema of David Lynch. Dissertation. University of Newcastle. 1997
Selim Eyuboglu: Four Films: Crossing the Boundaries of Modernism and Postmodernism. University of Kent 1993. 313 pp.

Dissertation on Blue Velvet plus 3 other movies

Lucy Elizabeth Fraser: An examination of the influence of 'The Trial' by Franz Kafka on David Lynch's 'Lost Highway'. Publisher: Birmingham : University of Birmingham, 2002
Physical desc.: 81 p. ; 30cm
Thesis (M.Phil.) - University of Birmingham, School of Humanities, Department of English
William Mitchell Frederick: Rhetoric of David Lynch films. Thesis (B.A.)--California Polytechnic State University, 1998
Michael Frisoli: Narrative, spectatorship, and ideology: Shadow of a doubt and Blue velvet. M.A. Thesis Lehigh University, 1988. 1988. 126 leaves ; 28 cm.
Cynthia J. Fuchs.: Gazing. Gender, performance, and representation in film.  University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. 1990. 

(on Blue velvet and other films)

A. Gargett: Sextant in dogtown. 1997. One chapter "traces related Deleuzeoguattarian themes through the films of David Lynch, maintaining as a background an examination of Postmodern American culture/society". 
Read the abstract here 
Lynda R. Goldstein: Cultural interpellations. Popular song interpolations in narrative film. Temple University, Ph.D. 1992. 

(on film music, also on Blue Velvet)

Gordon A. Grant III: "Detectives and Perverts: Blue Velvet and Postmodern Subjectivity." Subversions: Disruptive Voices in Literature and Film. University of Colorado at Boulder, February 1991.
Paolo Greco: The communicative power of silence in film : the cinema of David Lynch. M. Phil. Thesis Trinity College Dublin thesis. 2003.
Alan Edward Green: Altered states of reality : the theme of twinning in David Lynch's Lost Highway. University of South Florida, 2006.
Albert Guerrero: "Twin peaks" and "X files" : adapting from the small to the big screen. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 44-47) and abstract./ Dissertation: Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2000.
Nicholas Hause: The fires of Oz : portrait of David Lynch as a new romantic. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 75-81)./ Dissertation: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Miami, 1996.
Sabine Henlin: A certain tendency of independent cinema. Pennsylvania State University, 2001. MA Thesis

A thesis on American independent cinema, analysing genre and narration focussing on "Dead Man" (Jim Jarmusch), and David Lynch´s "Lost Highway". You can find an abstract here but you have to search for the title as the page is created dynamically.

Julie Lynne Hewlett: 'She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake': Representations of women in contemporary film noir (David Lynch, Lawrence Kasdan, John Dahl, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Jeremiah S. Chechik)
University of Victoria (Canada), 2000, 107 pages

Randolph Jordan (MA): Starting from scratch: Turntables, auditory representation, and the structure of the known universe in the films of David Lynch. CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, 2003. 148 pp. Advisor: Falsetto, Mario

the entire work is available online (scroll down page)

Adam Daniel Jones: "We live inside a Dream": The Function and Origins of Dreams in David Lynch's Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Lost Highway. Dissertation. University of Newcastle. 2000

the entire work is available online

Jeffrey Llod  Klinzman (PHD): Subjectivity: The textual enactment of alternity in the pursuit of social transformation (David Lynch, Tom Robbins, Reggae).  The University of Iowa, 1993. 271 pp. Advisor: Kuenzli, Rudolf E.

Knox Lee: Un-Dreaming America: David Lynch´s Deconstruction of American Social Illusions in Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, and Mulholland Drive. 2003

the proposal is available online here

Eva M. Kubelka-Linton:  Mary Shelley's Frankenstein And Its Main Themes In Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, The Elephant Man, 2001: A Space Odyssey And Other Films. Southwest Texas State University, 1995.

Emily Suet-wai Leung: Postmodernism : a study of films by David Lynch. M.A. Thesis. Hong Kong University 1991. 45 leaves ; 30 cm.

You can access the entire work here, but have to register first

Alison Grace Macor: The visible audience: Participation, community, and media fandom (William Castle, David Lynch, Jim Sharman)

The University of Texas at Austin, 2000, 275 pages
Richard Matthews: "the Sleeper Must Awaken: the developmental melange of David Lynch's Dune". British Film Institute/ Birkbeck College (1998/1999)
H. Faye McIntyre: In The Absence Of The Woman: The Spectator's Presence In Hitchcock's 'Rear Window,' Polanski's 'The Tenant,' And Lynch's 'Blue Velvet.'  University of Manitoba, 1990.
Ingrid Messer: "There's always music in the air" : aesthetic democracy in the films of David Lynch. School of The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago 2004
Jason Eric Miller (PhD): Snow Angels (David Lynch, Sam Peckinpah, Original writing).  University of Denver, 1999. 240 pp. Advisor: Ducornet, Rikki
Jim Morgan: Transcendental Style in the Films of David Lynch. Honors Thesis, B.A., University of Tulsa, 1992
Crystal Laraine O`Leary: . " ' A grave for this book ': Textual fetishism in American Gothic from Brockden Brown to John Carpenter,"  (2000?) University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

Applying  Lacanian narrative theory to analyze David Lynch's Twin Peaks, Fire Walk with Me (1992), 'The Virgin Suicides' ;  Stephen King's The Shining and more. 

Neil Derek Oakley: Postmodern strands in Twin Peaks. 170 leaves. Thesis (M.A.) - University of Bristol, 1991
Thomas Grant Olsen: "Novel incest: Negotiating narrative paradox". PhD. thesis, University of Arizona. On The Alphabet, The Grandmother, The Elephant Man, Dune, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and more.
B. Pacy The View from Mars: A Thematic Analysis of the Representation of American Landscape in the Films of David Lynch . Nottingham University 2003
Potter Palmer: Auteur TV: "Twin Peaks", quality TV and the cultivated audience. 

Los Angeles, California: University of California at Los Angeles, Ph.D. 1997. 

Mikel Forrest Parent: Velvet/fracture : David Lynch, Clayton Eshleman, and the construction of the American underworld. Texas A&M University 2001
H.L. Powell: Stop the clocks! Cinema, temporality and the narrative. London, Birkbeck College 2000. (Examining time in movies from Meliès to David Lynch). 
You´ll find an abstract here
Margaret Grace Riggs: Gender, genre, and narrative in the films of David Lynch. Drew University 2004
Tammy Lynn Roberts: Twin Peaks : an American expression of a post-modern ideology. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 55-59)./ Dissertation: Thesis (Honors in Sociology/Anthropology)--Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 1997.
Elizabeth Rebecca Hill Russell: Good girl, bad girl, dead girl, mother : the feminine archetypes of David Lynch's Blue velvet and Twin peaks. Thesis (M.A.)--San Francisco State University, 2004. 33 leaves ; 29 cm.
Eva Simatou : Postmodern Elements in David Lynch' s Films : "Blue Velvet" & "Lost Highway". Bachelor´s thesis. City University of London 2000
Harry Brenton Stevens: "We lived inside a dream" : masochism, spectatorship, and the films of David Lynch. University of South Carolina Columbia 2004
Robert Earl Stewart (MA): The catastrophe of entertainment: Televisuality and post-postmodern American fiction (Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, David Lynch).  McGill University, 2000. 109 pp. Advisor: Ohlin, Peter
Dominic Strinati: "Popular and cult television, postmodernism and Twin Peaks". University of Leicester, Department of Sociology 1996
Antony Todd: Auteurism and the reception of David Lynch : reading the author in post-classical American art cinema.
University of Southampton, 2004. (Ph.D.)
Heather Vorwerck: Mysteries of the ear : sound, score and song in Blue velvet. MILLS COLLEGE Oakland 2004
Douglas William Andrew White: Textures In The Dark: 'Eraserhead' And Cultural Mysticism. University of Waterloo, 1993.
(No author given): Surrealism and its influence on the work of David Lynch. University of Leeds
(No author given): Candy-Colored Clowns: Carnival, the Grotesque, and Self-Realization in Selected Works of Flannery O’Connor and David Lynch. Thesis, Ohio Dominican College