- 'American Psycho': a double portrait of serial yuppie Patrick Bateman
- Post Script (Commerce)
- Volume | Issue number
- 22 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
Kooijman and Laine analyze Mary Harron's "American Psycho," a 2000 film adaptation of the 1980s satirical novel by Bret Easton Ellis in which Patrick Bateman, a narcissistic Wall Street young urban professional ("yuppie"), assumes an alternate identity as a serial killer. The authors examine the double personas of the Bateman character and in particular focus on how the film's depiction of Bateman reveals that his identity as a serial killer is a hallucinatory construction, which therefore suggests that his identity as a yuppie is a construction as well. Several scenes from "hitAmerican hitPsycho" are dissected, and psychoanalytic theory is applied to scenes where the schizophrenic Bateman character responds to his mirror image as a unifying force.
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