The Acoustic Mirror The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema

by Kaja Silverman

Part of the Theories of Representation and Difference Series

The Acoustic Mirror The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema Synopsis

... 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.

The Acoustic Mirror The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema Press Reviews

... 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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253204745
Publication date: 1st April 1988
Author: Kaja Silverman
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Film theory & criticism, Psychoanalytical theory (Freudian psychology),

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