Lacan and Contemporary Film

Author(s) : Todd McGowan

Lacan and Contemporary Film

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  • Publisher : The Other Press
  • Published : 2004
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 18232
  • ISBN 13 : 9781590510841
  • ISBN 10 : 1590510844
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This unique volume collects a series of essays that link new developments in Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and recent trends in contemporary cinema. Though Lacanian theory has long had a privileged place in the analysis of film, film theory has tended to ignore some of Lacan's most important ideas. As a result, Lacanian film theory has never properly integrated the disruptive and troubling aspects of the filmic experience that result from the encounter with the Real that this experience makes possible. Many contemporary theorists emphasize the importance of the encounter with the Real in Lacan's thought, but rarely in discussions of film. By bringing the encounter with the Real into the dialogue of film theory, the contributors to this volume present a new version of Lacan to the world of film studies.

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Todd McGowan teaches theory and film at the University of Vermont, USA.

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