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CH 7 - Critical Media Studies: An Introduction (Ott & Mack)

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Media Studies
Ted Petit

Chapter 7Psychoanalytic AnalysisCHAPTER 7 Psychoanalytic AnalysisKey Terms Apparatus theoryAn early psychoanalytic approach to film that claims the actual environment and machinery of the cinema activates a number of desires within spectators DesireAn appetite for something that promises enjoyment satisfaction and pleasure in its attainment FantasyA mental representation of conscious or unconscious wish fulfillment FetishismThe psychic structuring of an object or person as a source of sexual pleasure Imaginarythe prelinguistic realm similar to Freudian preOedipal pleasurable stage where the infant feels whole and connected to everything via the bond to the mother LackA psychoanalytic concept that describes the gap separating Imaginary pleasures and lived reality Male gazeThe cinemas frequent positioning of women as objects coded for strong visual and erotic impact Oedipus complexA mental structuring that takes the raw libidinal materials of the oral anal and phallic stages and splits them into conscious and unconscious desires PhallocenticismA social condition in which images or representations of the penis carry connotations of power Pleasure principleThe uncontrollable human drive to satisfy desire Reality principleThe constant curbing of desire according to possibility law or social convention RepressionThe process of mentally containing our desires below conscious recognition or expression ScopopheliaThe pleasure that comes from the process of looking SymbolicThe realm or the cultural plane of language social meanings and relationships UnconsciousThe structure within the psych ie mind that keeps trying to make its desires felt while remaining continually repressed VoyeurismThe process of experiencing pleasure by watching a desired object or person from a distanceIntroductionpsychoanalytic scholars explore how media texts reflect human mental drives towards unity pleasure and desirethis approach is grounded in the way individual psychology and the psychology of media texts interact
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