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Psychoanalysis and the Philosophy of Film

  • Nickolas Pappas
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Abstract

Psychoanalytic treatments of film encounter difficulties resembling those that Plato faced when he criticized tragedy: uncertainty over which persons are the objects of theoretical scrutiny; the call for the theorist’s anhedonia; and confusion between unperceived cognitive processes and those that are unconscious because disavowed. The uncertainty over objects lets us sort psychoanalyses of film according to whether they assess a film’s maker, its characters, the work, or its audience. Each approach shows promise but also comes with problems. Each approach also implies a stance on the refusal of pleasure. And the nature of the unconscious is always at stake. This survey of the field is sympathetic to the general enterprise but comments on the main objections that have arisen.

Keywords

Psychoanalysis Pathography Freud Lacan Apparatus Mulvey 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nickolas Pappas
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  1. 1.The Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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