The Emptiness of the Image: Psychoanalysis and Sexual Differences

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Overview

There has long been a politics around the way in which women are represented, with objection not so much to specific images as to a regime of looking which places the represented woman in a particular relationship to the spectator's gaze. Artists have sometimes avoided the representation of women altogether, but they are now producing images which challenge the regime. How do these images succeed in their challenge ?
The Emptiness of the Image offers a psychoanalytic answer. Parveen Adams argues that, despite flaws in some of the details of its arguments, psychoanalytic theory retains an overwhelming explanatory strength in relation to questions of sexual difference and representation. She goes on to show how the issue of desire changes the way we can think of images and their effects. Throughout she discusses the work of theorists, artists and filmmakers such as Helene Deutsch, Catherine MacKinnon, Mary Kelly, Francis Bacon, Michael Powell and Della Grace.
The Emptiness of the Image shows how the very space of representation can change to provide a new way of thinking the relation between the text and the spectator. It shows how psychoanalytic theory is supple enough to slide into and transform the most unexpected situations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415046213
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/20/1995
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Thanks
Introduction 1
1 Symptoms and hysteria 5
2 Per (os)cillation 12
3 Of female bondage 27
4 Waiving the phallus 49
5 The truth on assault 57
6 The art of analysis: Mary Kelly's Interim and the discourse of the analyst 71
7 'Father, can't you see I'm filming?' 91
8 The violence of paint 109
9 The three (dis)graces 123
10 The bald truth 132
11 Operation Orlan 141
Notes 160
Bibliography 166
Index 171
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