Lost Objects of Desire: The Performances of Jeremy Irons

by Mark Nicholls

BERGHAHN BOOKS | June 15, 2012 | Hardcover

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This first book-length critical study of Jeremy Irons concentrates on his key performances and acting style. Through the analysis of some of the major screen roles in Irons? career, such as Brideshead Revisited, The French Lieutenant?s Woman, Reversal of Fortune, Swann in Love, Dead Ringers, and Lolita, Mark Nicholls identifies a new masculine identity that unites them: ?the prince of perversion?, an emblematic figure of the 1980s and 1990s presented as an alternative to the action hero or the common man. Using clear explanations of complex theoretical ideas, this book investigates Jeremy Irons?s performances through the notion of perversion, both as sexual inversion and as a form of social rebellion, to uncover an entirely original but recognizable screen type.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.76 × 5.71 × 0.65 in

Published: June 15, 2012

Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0857454439

ISBN - 13: 9780857454430

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Lost Objects of Desire: The Performances of Jeremy Irons

by Mark Nicholls

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.76 × 5.71 × 0.65 in

Published: June 15, 2012

Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0857454439

ISBN - 13: 9780857454430

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This first book-length critical study of Jeremy Irons concentrates on his key performances and acting style. Through the analysis of some of the major screen roles in Irons? career, such as Brideshead Revisited, The French Lieutenant?s Woman, Reversal of Fortune, Swann in Love, Dead Ringers, and Lolita, Mark Nicholls identifies a new masculine identity that unites them: ?the prince of perversion?, an emblematic figure of the 1980s and 1990s presented as an alternative to the action hero or the common man. Using clear explanations of complex theoretical ideas, this book investigates Jeremy Irons?s performances through the notion of perversion, both as sexual inversion and as a form of social rebellion, to uncover an entirely original but recognizable screen type.

About the Author

Mark Nicholls is Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at the University of Melbourne where he has taught since 1993.  His research interests include Hollywood cinema, Italian cinema, masculinity, Freudian psychoanalysis and Shakespeare adaptation. He is the author of Scorsese?s Men: Melancholia and the Mob, (Pluto and Indiana University Press, 2004), and recently published chapters and articles on Martin Scorsese, Luchino Visconti, Shakespeare in film, and film and the Cold War.

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