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Vertigo: Sexual distorientation and the engendering of the real.

Author: Samuels, Robert
Author Background:
Date Winter 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Gender-and-Psychoanalysis
Volume/Pages Vol 5(1): 81-97
Subject Matter Literature-; *Motion-Pictures; *Psychoanalytic-Interpretation; *Reality-; *Sexual-Orientation
Abstract In the book Hitchcock's Bi-Textuality: Lacan, Feminisms, and Queer Theory, the author stresses the different ways that the masculine control of vision and language is undermined by the Presence of bisexual desires and identifications. This focus on the failures of masculine mastery contradicts many of the claims of recent feminist film theory that depend on the binary opposition between masculine visual control and the objectified-female body. The author has not tried to deny that men attempt to visually master females; rather, the author has shown how many of these attempts at control often fail. Furthermore, the failure to master the representation of the female subject presents a form of masculine loss that motivates the male subject to find new ways to convert lack into a form of representational plentitude. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)