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The House that Lars Built. The Architecture of Transgression

Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, 20-612 Lublin, Poland
Arts 2020, 9(4), 127; https://doi.org/10.3390/arts9040127
Received: 23 October 2020 / Revised: 25 November 2020 / Accepted: 2 December 2020 / Published: 8 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Architecture and Politics)
This article discusses the motif of the “architecture of transgression”, which is present most implicitly, in Lars von Trier’s The House that Jack Built. The analysis concerns both the construction of cinematic narrative itself and the subtle allusions, inserted in the script, to two architectural metaphors: the Nietzschean (and Jungian) labyrinth and the Heideggerian die Hütte. Von Trier’s film may be read as an oeuvre immersed in literary tradition—from Dante’s Divine Comedy to the modern Bildungsroman—as well as inspired by modern philosophy, particularly George Bataille’s philosophy of transgression, (as expound in his Erotism and his short 1929 essay on Architecture). View Full-Text
Keywords: cinema; architecture; spatial metaphors; transgression; the aestheticisation of crime; Friedrich Nietzsche; Martin Heidegger; Carl Jung; Georges Bataille; Lars von Trier cinema; architecture; spatial metaphors; transgression; the aestheticisation of crime; Friedrich Nietzsche; Martin Heidegger; Carl Jung; Georges Bataille; Lars von Trier
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