Memory, Trauma and Fantasy in American Cinema [Hebrew]

Thomas Elsaesser, Boaz Hagin

Open University of Israel, 382pp

What hides behind the “coolness” of the character played by actor Samuel Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction? What trauma underlies Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River? Is there a deep, secret motive for actor Jodie Foster’s character in Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs?

Written by Dr. Boaz Hagin, this book is based on a series of lectures on trauma, memory and fantasy, both on the individual and the collective level, given by Professor Thomas Elsaesser at Tel Aviv University and The Open University.