Psychoanalysis beyond the gaze

From celluloid to new media

Authored by: Claire Pajaczkowska

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138924956
eBook ISBN: 9781315684062
Adobe ISBN: 9781317408055


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This chapter provides a brief history of the concept of the gaze as it has been developed in psychoanalytic and feminist film theory, and then discusses three further developments of the theory that have emerged in recent decades. It discusses the relationship between the gaze as structured by the “classic realist text” and the gaze and scanning in the context of recent digital technologies of filmmaking. The discussion of cultures of oculocentrism incorporates both a feminist approach to cinematic sound and new research on the primacy of tactile, haptic, and other sensorial registers as cultures of embodied knowledge. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the documentary film Amy (The Girl Behind the Name) (Asif Kapadia, 2015) exploring how psychoanalytic theory can be used to analyze films that derive from new media.

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