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Free Content ‘But There Are No Lions in the Scottish Highlands’: Reading the trunk in Matka

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This article reads the trunk in Matka as Lacan’s objet petit a – a reminder of our desiring subjectivity and considers to what degree it might be seen as a MacGuffin. It also argues that the protagonist is an emblem of the human subject in an abstract representation of our life’s journey.
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Keywords: Hitchcock; Lacanian theory; MacGuffin; Matka; objet petit a; short film

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Independent researcher

Publication date: April 1, 2014

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