Traversing the Fantasy: The Dialectic of Desire/Fantasy proposes a new and comprehensive model of spectatorship at the heart of which it draws an analogy between the ethics of Lacanian psychoanalysis and the ethics of narrative film. It demonstrates how spectators engage with narrative film, undergoing unconscious processes that generate a shift in the adherence to fantasies that impede assuming responsibility for one's fate and well being.
The authors discuss the affinities that the ontology and aesthetics of narrative film share with subjective, unconscious processes, offering new insights into the popular appeal of narrative film, through three film corpora, analyzed at length: body-character-breach films; dreaming-character films; and gender-crossing films. With a range of case studies from the old (Rebecca, Vertigo, Some Like it Hot) to the new (Being John Malkovich, A Fantastic Woman), Sandra Meiri and Odeya Kohen Raz build on psychoanalytic ideas about the cinema and take them in a completely new direction that promises to be the basis for further developments in the field.
Table of Contents
Part I: Body-Character-Breach Films
Chapter 1 – Desire, Fantasy, and the Ontology of Film
Chapter 2 –Traversing the Fantasy: Body-Character-Breach Films
Part II: Dreaming-Character Films
Chapter 3 – Dreams in Films and Implicit Reflexivity
Chapter 4 – Cinematography, Subjectivity, and Guilt
Part III: Gender-Crossing Films
Chapter 5 – This Gender That is Mine: Feminine Enjoyment and Self-Creation
Chapter 6 – From “Inherent Transgression” to the Body as “Semiotc Chora"