Mulholland Drive literalizes the "screen memory
" by demonstrating that the formation of images and personae on the cinematic screen can rewrite censored desires and acts into innocent manifest content.
As I will argue over the course of this article, Malerba's protagonist is marked by such a condition of psychotic uncertainty as to the borders between self and other, the origins of which are to be found in the screen memory
that opens the novel.
322) Returning to "Le Mentir-vrai," we might see all of the narrative involving Pierre--what I've been calling the pseudo-childhood narrative--as one huge screen memory
, but a screen memory
that pushes Freud's conclusion to its logical consequence by calling itself a fiction.
Similarly powerful, and as exact and richly atmospheric, is Michelle Cliff's "Screen Memory
," reprinted from her collection Bodies of Water.
In a 1920 footnote to the Three Essays (1905) Freud stated explicitly that fetishism functions in the matter of a screen memory
, and in this context also amended his earlier theory of the origins of fetishism.