By Joan Copjec
In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec levels a war of words among the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of 2 strong smooth discourses - psychoanalysis and historicism. more often than not, those discourses merely pass paths lengthy adequate for historicists to cost psychoanalysis with an indifference to background, yet right here psychoanalysis, through Lacan, is going at the offensive. Refusing to cede historicity to the historicists, Copjec makes a case for the prevalence of Lacan's rationalization of old strategy, its generative rules, and its advanced functionings. Her objective is to encourage a brand new form of cultural critique, one who will be "literate in hope, " that may have the ability to learn what's inarticulable in cultural statements.
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Regardless of whether one or two stages are posited, the gaze is always the point from which identification is conceived by film theory to take place. And because the gaze is always conceptualized as an analogue of that geometral point of Renaissance perspective at which the picture becomes fully, undistortedly visible, the gaze always retains within film theory the sense of being that point at which sense and being coincide. The subject comes into being by identifying with the image's signified.
Instead he rediagrams this operation using, instead, two interpenetrating triangles. Thus he represents both the way the science of optics understands the emission of light and the way its straight lines become refracted, diffused (the way they acquire the "ambiguity of a j ewel ) once we take into account the way the signifier " itself interferes with this figuring. The . second triangle cuts through the first, marking the elision or negation that is part of the process of con struction. The second triangle diagrams the subject's mistaken belief that there is something behind the space set out by the first.
Hence the disciplinary monitoring of the subj ect. But this coincidence can only be produced by a precipitous, "snapshot" reading of Lacan, one that fails to notice the hyph en that splits the term photo graph - into photo, "light, " and graph, - among other things, a fragment of the Lacanian phrase " graph of desire" as it splits the subject that it describes. Photo. One thing is certain: light does not enter these seminars in a straight line, through the laws of optics . Because, as he says, the geometric laws of the propagation of light map space only, and not vision, Lacan does not theorize the visual field in terms of these laws .
Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists (October Books) by Joan Copjec