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Gaze and Voice as Love Objects

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A Lacanian examination of the status of the gaze, voice and love in philosophy from Plato to Kant and in ideology, music, literature and film.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Gaze, Voice 1. The Object Voice / Mladen Dolar 7 2. Philosophers' Blind Man's Buff / Alenka Zupancic 32 3. Killing Gazes, Killing in the Gaze: On Michael Powell's Peeping Tom / Elisabeth Bronfen 59 4. "I Hear You with My Eyes"; or, The Invisible Master / Slavoj Zizek 90 Part II. Love Objects 5. At First Sight / Mladen Dolar 129 6. On the Sexual Production of Western Subjectivity, or, Saint Augustine as a Social Democrat / Fredric Jameson 154 7. I Can't Love You Unless I Give You Up / Renata Salecl 179 8. "There Is No Sexual Relationship" / Slavoj Zizek 208 Notes on Contributors 251 Index 253

About the Author

Renata Salecl is Researcher at the Institute for Criminology at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. She is the author of The Spoils of Freedom and Sexuation (published by Duke University Press). Slavoj Zizek is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His latest books include Tarrying with the Negative (Duke University Press) and The Indivisible Remainder.


"The volume is exemplary. The essays collected in it illuminate a range of subject - film and film history, literature and literary history, the figure of the blind man in Enlightenment writing, 'love at first sight,' Augustine on intellectuals and sexuality - and they all work together to explicate three crucial and difficult terms in the Lacanian vocabulary: object, voice, gaze." Marshall Grossman, University of Maryland "A marvellous collection of essays written by some of the most prominent figures working today from within a Lacanian paradigm. Though centred on the objets of the voice and the gaze and their status within the experience and structure of love, these essays range over an amazing topography of issues, from penitentiary fantasy and utilitarianism, to film theory and false memory syndrome." John Mowitt, University of Minnesota

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