The Picture of Abjection

The Picture of Abjection : Film, Fetish, and the Nature of Difference

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Tina Chanter resolves a fundamental problem in film theory by negotiating a middle path between "gaze theory" approaches to film and spectator studies or cultural theory approaches that emphasize the position of the viewer and thereby take account of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Chanter argues that abjection is the unthought ground of fetishistic theories. If the feminine has been the privileged excluded other of psychoanalytic theory, fueled by the myth of castration and the logic of disavowal, when fetishism is taken up by race theory, or cultural theory, the multiple and fluid registers of abjection are obscured. By mobilizing a theory of abjection, the book shows how the appeal to phallic, fetishistic theories continues to reify the hegemonic categories of race, class, sexuality, and gender, as if they stood as self-evident more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 15 b&w illus.
  • 0253219183
  • 9780253219183
  • 1,061,845

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. . . [T]his is an intriguing read, especially for those who favor psychological models of criticism in film theory. . . . Recommended. * Choice *show more

About Tina Chanter

Tina Chanter is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, Chicago. She is author of Ethics of Eros: Irigaray's Re-writing of the Philosophers, and Time, Death and the Feminine: Levinas with Heidegger, and editor of Feminist Interpretations of Emmanuel more

Table of contents

ContentsIntroduction1. Abjection as the Unthought Ground of Fetishism2. Abjection as the Failure of Protection against Emptiness: Narcissism, Negation, and Klein's Projective Identification3. Abject Art: Destabilizing the Drive for Purification, and Unmasking the Foundational Fantasy of Castration4. Fantasy at a Distance: The Revolt of Abjection in Film5. The Exotica-ization and Universalization of the Fetish, and the Naturalization of the Phallus: Abject Objections6. Prohibiting Miscegenation and Homosexuality: The Birth of a Nation, Casablanca, and American History X7. Abject Identifications in The Crying Game: The Mutual Implication of Transgender/Race/Nationalism/Class8. The Fetishistic Temporality of Hegemonic Postcolonial Nationalist Narratives and the Traumatic Real of Abjection9. Concluding Reflections on the Necrophilia of FetishismNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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