Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2011

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Film Studies

First Advisor

Rick Altman

Second Advisor

Louis-Georges Schwartz

First Committee Member

Lauren Rabinovitz

Second Committee Member

Garrett Stewart

Third Committee Member

David Wittenberg


This study examines contemporary Hollywood by focusing on films made between 1990 and 2010. With chapters on the double, war trauma, the undead, and automata, I delineate evidence of the uncanny within individual films along with the underlying contradictions that symptomatically respond to the larger economic conditions and industrial practices that shape the contemporary period. Each of the four chapters also serve as an occasion to analyze theoretical and thematic concerns drawn from Sigmund Freud's 1919 essay on the uncanny. Throughout the project there is a strong effort to link Freud's initial account to subsequent theoretical developments with a particular emphasis on introducing the work of Jacques Derrida. The cumulative aim of these efforts is provide a critical foundation for analyzing the latent disorientation within the practices of contemporary Hollywood and capitalist society more generally.


Hollywood, Uncanny


iv, 299 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 288-299).


Copyright 2011 Kevin McDonald