John Lutz

From Domestic Nightmares to the Nightmare of History. Uncanny Eruptions of Violence in King’s and Kubrick’s Versions of ‘The Shining’

The impact of past violence on the present is examined in the novel and film versions of The Shining. John Lutz’s essay pinpoints in these works three interrelated elements of what Freud called the “uncanny”—the domestic abuse story, “the postcolonial narrative of American expansion at the expense of nonwhite victims, and the desire for power and control that underlies commodification and the social hierarchies that reinforce it.”