The Acoustic Mirror

The Acoustic Mirror : The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema

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... a vitally new understanding that takes us from the terms of the representation of sexual difference to an anatomy of female subjectivity which will be widely influential." -Stephen HeathAn original work likely to have significant impact on all those with an interest in the vibrant intersection of feminism, film theory, and psychoanalysis... " -Naomi Schor... powerfully argued study... impressive... " -Choice... important because of its innovative work on Hollywood's ideologically-charged construction of subjectivity.... what is exciting about The Acoustic Mirror is that it inspires one to reevaluate a number of now classical theoretical texts, and to see films with an eye to how authorship is constructed and subjectivity is generated." -Literature and PsychologyAs evocative as it is shrewdly systematic, the pioneering theory of female subjectivity formulated in the final three chapters will have wide impact as a major contribution to feminist theory." -SubStanceThe Acoustic Mirror attempts to do for the sound-track what feminist film theory of the past decade has done for the image-track-to locate the points at which it is productive of sexual difference. The specific focus is the female voice understood not merely as spoken dialogue, narration, and commentary, but as a fantasmatic projection, and as a metaphor for authorship.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253204747
  • 9780253204745
  • 485,120

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The Acoustic Mirror combines an extended reflection on sound and voice in cinema with a critical examination of the possibilities and impossibilities of current theoretical approaches as they listen, or not, to questions of sexual difference.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgementsPreface[1] Lost Objects and Mistaken Subjects: A Prologue[2] Body Talk[3] The Fantasy of the Maternal Voice: Paranoia and Compensation[4] The Fantasy of the Maternal Voice: Female Subjectivity and the Negative Oedipus Complex[5] Disembodying the Female Voice: Irigaray, Experimental Feminist Cinema, and Femininity[6] The Female Authorial VoiceNotesIndexshow more

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" ... a vitally new understanding that takes us from the terms of the representation of sexual difference to an anatomy of female subjectivity which will be widely influential."-- Stephen Heath "An original work likely to have significant impact on all those with an interest in the vibrant intersection of feminism, film theory, and psychoanalysis ..." -- Naomi Schor " ... powerfully argued study ... impressive ..." -- Choice " ... important because of its innovative work on Hollywood's ideologically-charged construction of subjectivity... what is exciting about The Acoustic Mirror is that it inspires one to re-evaluate a number of now classical theoretical texts, and to see films with an eye to how authorship is constructed and subjectivity is generated." -- Literature and Psychology "As evocative as it is shrewdly systematic, the pioneering theory of female subjectivity formulated in the final three chapters will have wide impact as a major contribution to feminist theory." -- SubStanceshow more

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