The Real Gaze
Film Theory after Lacan Todd McGowan - Author
2008 Gradiva Award, Theoretical Category, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
Examines the gaze in Lacanian film theory.
The Real Gaze develops a new theory of the cinema by rethinking the concept of the gaze, which has long been central in film theory. Historically film scholars have located the gaze on the side of the spectator; however, To...(Read More)
2004 Gary Olson Award for best book in cultural theory presented by JAC
Explains why the American cultural obsession with enjoying ourselves actually makes it more difficult to do so.
Exploring the emergence of a societal imperative to enjoy ourselves, Todd McGowan builds on the work of such theorists as Jacques Lacan, Slavoj Zizek, Joan Copjec, and Theresa Brennan to argue that we a...(Read More)
Attempts to understand recent changes in the canon of American literature through the aid of psychoanalytic theory.
The Feminine "No!" sheds new light on the recent culture wars and debates about changes to the literary canon. Todd McGowan argues that the dynamics of canon change, rather than being the isolated concern of literary critics, actually offer concrete insights into the source of social change. Through...(Read More)