The Imaginary Signifier: Psychoanalysis and the Cinema

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Indiana University Press, 1982 - Performing Arts - 327 pages
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"... less about film than about the psychology of the viewing experience." --American Film

Employing Freudian psychoanalysis, Christian Metz explores the nature of cinematic spectatorship and looks at the operations of meaning in the film text.

 

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Tedious writing style. Lost in (self-justifying) minutiae. Vortex of digressions. Substantiating (filmic) correlations, lacking. These were among the impressions this navel-gazing book made on me while reading closely several of its sections. If you're looking to get bogged down by a bevy of psycho-semiologic expositions too frequently unhinged to the subject of cinema, this is your book. 

Contents

The Investigators Imaginary
17
Identification Mirror
42
The Passion for Perceiving
58
Disavowal Fetishism
69
STORYDISCOURSE A NOTE
89
Notes and References to Part II
98
Perception and Hallucination
109
Degrees of Secondarisation
120
Referential Discursive
183
a Dissymmetrical Symmetry
197
Figure and Substitution
207
Force and Meaning
229
Condensation
235
From the Dreamwork to the Primary Process
245
Barrier or Deviation?
253
Displacement
266

Film and Phantasy
129
The Filmic Visit
138
METAPHORMETONYMY OR
149
Smallscale Figures Largescale Figures
168
Jakobsons Contribution
174
the Lapdissolve
274
Condensations and Displacements of the Signifier
281
ParadigmSyntagmintheTextoftheCure
293
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