ENGA11H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Jean Genet, Vimeo, Knowledge Power

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Lecture 04
January 25, 2017
Video: The Balcony by Jean Genet on Vimeo
Youtube: Lost highway- Mystery Man (3:10)
Prioritizing of the bottom terms
Top = #1
o Trump knows how to manipulate both the above and below
Existence (damned)
Faith
Anxiety
Depression
Essence (saved)
Soul-soul
Self-other
Self-self
Masculine
Familiar
True
Fantasy
Uncanny
False
Signifier
Desire
Force
Thief
signified
Knowledge
Power
Judge
Symptom
Institution
Fantasy
Image
meaning
discourse
Reality
Spectacle
Engaging
Speaking
Wondering
Knowing
Thinking
Function
Spoken
Certain
Known
Thought
The Balcony
o Opposite of Waiting for Godot
o Difference: waiting for godot- minimalist setting, same costumes, same background
o The balcony- every scene is decorated, huge costumes, lots of scenes
o Whe we’re waitig for the et oet, we a ot e paig attetio for the et
moment
o Technology is a medium that the subject is split (how we speak and how we are spoken)
Can do oe or the other ut a’t do oth at the sae tie
Speaking = search for a mirror that will reflect who you are in someone else; feel unified
to the degree you succeed
o I suffer therefore I may be
o Becoming and speaking= ongoing
o Speaking and spoken = already established
o Can start over again episodic; always sliding forward
o No matter how much you talk about the essence, you end up feeling existential
o Shows 3 main clients who have hired a prostitute
Acting out a sexualized scenario
Erotic attention = thief needs to retell all her crimes so that the judge can judge the
crimes
Flips the signifier and the signified
Beginning judge feels like a master; the mas who is a signifier (judge) becomes
signified in that scene
o The man in the brothel are fantasizing that they are the signifier above all signifiers
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