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The Acoustic Mirror : The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema - Kaja Silverman

The Acoustic Mirror

The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema

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Published: 1st April 1988
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..". a vitally new understanding that takes us from the terms of the representation of sexual difference to an anatomy of female subjectivity which will be widely influential." -- Stephen Heath

"An original work likely to have significant impact on all those with an interest in the vibrant intersection of feminism, film theory, and psychoanalysis... " -- Naomi Schor

..". powerfully argued study... impressive... " -- Choice

..". important because of its innovative work on Hollywood's ideologically-charged construction of subjectivity.... what is exciting about The Acoustic Mirror is that it inspires one to reevaluate a number of now classical theoretical texts, and to see films with an eye to how authorship is constructed and subjectivity is generated." -- Literature and Psychology

"As evocative as it is shrewdly systematic, the pioneering theory of female subjectivity formulated in the final three chapters will have wide impact as a major contribution to feminist theory." -- SubStance

The Acoustic Mirror attempts to do for the sound-track what feminist film theory of the past decade has done for the image-track -- to locate the points at which it is productive of sexual difference. The specific focus is the female voice understood not merely as spoken dialogue, narration, and commentary, but as a fantasmatic projection, and as a metaphor for authorship.

" ... a vitally new understanding that takes us from the terms of the representation of sexual difference to an anatomy of female subjectivity which will be widely influential."-- Stephen Heath "An original work likely to have significant impact on all those with an interest in the vibrant intersection of feminism, film theory, and psychoanalysis ..." -- Naomi Schor " ... powerfully argued study ... impressive ..." -- Choice " ... important because of its innovative work on Hollywood's ideologically-charged construction of subjectivity... what is exciting about The Acoustic Mirror is that it inspires one to re-evaluate a number of now classical theoretical texts, and to see films with an eye to how authorship is constructed and subjectivity is generated." -- Literature and Psychology "As evocative as it is shrewdly systematic, the pioneering theory of female subjectivity formulated in the final three chapters will have wide impact as a major contribution to feminist theory." -- SubStance

Acknowledgements Preface [1] Lost Objects and Mistaken Subjects: A Prologue [2] Body Talk [3] The Fantasy of the Maternal Voice: Paranoia and Compensation [4] The Fantasy of the Maternal Voice: Female Subjectivity and the Negative Oedipus Complex [5] Disembodying the Female Voice: Irigaray, Experimental Feminist Cinema, and Femininity [6] The Female Authorial Voice Notes Index

ISBN: 9780253204745
ISBN-10: 0253204747
Series: Theories of Representation and Difference
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st April 1988
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.4