JUMP CUT
A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

The hero's appearance and The Dark Knight's necessary darkness

 

Todd McGowan

Todd McGowan teaches film and critical theory in the English Department at the University of Vermont.  He has written books on the intersection of psychoanalytic theory, German Idealism, cinema, and literature.  They include The End of Dissatisfaction (SUNY Press, 2004), The Impossible David Lynch (Columbia University Press, 2007), and The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (SUNY Press, 2007).  He was also the co-editor (with Sheila Kunkle) of Lacan and Contemporary Film (Other Press, 2004).  He has just finished a book on the idea of atemporal cinema and a book on the political implications of psychoanalytic theory.  He is now at work on a book analyzing the importance of the lie in the films of Christopher Nolan.  His email address is todd.mcgowan@uvm.edu