Bret Easton Ellis

‘I am blameless’: The Failure of the Father in American Psycho (Part 2 of 2) Thumbnail

‘I am blameless’: The Failure of the Father in American Psycho (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Lynsay Smith on March 29, 2016 in Blog, Lynsay Smith tagged with , ,

Whilst the role of Patrick Bateman’s mother is vital to understanding his delusional and psychotic behaviour, his father also contributes to his inability to establish a secure identity.  The father, who is mostly absent from the text, is shown to have destructive tendencies which negatively impact both of his children. In Rules of Attraction, Sean visits his father in hospital and states, ‘there was my father, already noticeably dying: his face yellowish . . . [he] had stopped drinking completely. (RoA, 266) It is apparent by this statement that Bateman’s father is an alcoholic and

‘There is no real me’: The Maternal Root of Patrick Bateman’s Psychosis in American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (Part 1 of 2) Thumbnail

‘There is no real me’: The Maternal Root of Patrick Bateman’s Psychosis in American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by Lynsay Smith on March 23, 2016 in Blog, Lynsay Smith tagged with , , ,

After its publication, Bret Eason Ellis’ novel, American Psycho (1991), caused controversy due to its graphic and extremely disturbing depictions of violence. Whilst it has received considerable recognition from critics, the depraved behaviour exhibited by Patrick Bateman has often been concluded as mindless aggression without an underlying psychological cause. As Catherine Spooner argues, ‘the horror of Ellis’ novel is that everything is reduced to the level of surface, there is no depth’[1] Although it is undeniable that Bateman is the personification of American consumer culture, li

Naomi Mandel, ed., Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park. Thumbnail

Naomi Mandel, ed., Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park.

Posted by Neil McRobert on January 19, 2011 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

This collection of essays provides a long overdue critical examination of perhaps the most divisive contributor to contemporary literature.

Chuck Palahniuk, Tell-All Thumbnail

Chuck Palahniuk, Tell-All

Posted by Liam Dodds on October 28, 2010 in Reviews tagged with , , , ,

Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Boy kills girl?

Alien Sex:Controversy and Gothic Gaming Thumbnail

Alien Sex:Controversy and Gothic Gaming

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 11, 2010 in Blog tagged with , , , ,

Considering that Japan is still globally regarded as the epicentre for the gaming industry, it is certainly not surprising to learn that numerous Japanese video game developers

Bret Easton Ellis, Imperial Bedrooms Thumbnail

Bret Easton Ellis, Imperial Bedrooms

Posted by Liam Dodds on September 27, 2010 in Reviews tagged with , ,

“They made a movie about us”, the protagonist states in the opening line of Imperial Bedrooms...