MDSA01H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 12: Grotesque Body, Orgasm, Sensemaking

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Chapter 12 – Erotic Analysis
Plaisir: A hegemonic pleasure; a comfortable and comforting pleasure that reproduces dominant
culture/subjectivity. Jouissance: Which is often translated into English as “bliss, ecstasy, or
orgasm” – is an ecstatic and disruptive pleasure that emerges from an active engagement with the
Media erotics: Reflects a concern with the sensuous, transgressive, and productive ways
audiences interact with texts
Transgression refers to an action or artistic practice that breaks with the prevailing cultural codes
and conventions of society (i.e. those codes and conventions that function to sustain the
ideological status quo in a particular place and time) (ex. Mickie mouse example within the
textbook, drunken Mickie mouse fondling a woman.)
Productive: Something that is generative of alternative pleasures, meanings, and identities.
Readerly text: Is one whose meaning is relatively clear and settled and, therefore, asks very little
of the audience
Writerly text: Is more unfinished and unsettled and, thus, invites the audience to co-create its
meaning. (Active involvement and interpretation of the audience)
Intertextuality: The ways that texts gesture or refer to other texts
Three common types of intertextuality include parodic allusion (a type of intertextuality in which
the primary text incorporates a caricature or parody of another text ex. Simpsons), creative
appropriation (a stylistic device in which the primary text incorporates an actual portion or
segment of another text ex. hip hop music samples beats of other music), and self-reflexive
reference (an intertextual strategy in which the primary text gestures to external discourses or
events in a manner that demonstrates a self-awareness of its own cultural status or production
Polyphony: The “many-voicedness” of a text.
Carnivalesque: Describes those texts that embrace and embody the spirit of medieval carnival.
Elements of Carnival:
1. Folk Humor, which has 3 parts, (1) ritual spectacles, which included carnival pageants
and comic shows in the marketplace; (2) comic verbal compositions, which were typified by
written and oral parodies, as well as inversions and travesties; and (3) genres of billingsgate,
which involved curses, profanities, insults, and invective
2. Laughter, which was “a special kind of universal laughter, a cosmic gaiety that is
directed at everyone, including the carnival’s participants.”
Grotesque realism: An aesthetic of degradation or debasement, “the lowering of all that is high,
spiritual, ideal, abstract”. Four common and intertwined tropes used in grotesque realism:
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