The Imaginary Signifier: Psychoanalysis and the Cinema


[moderate external wear, intermittent underlining/margin notes in first half of text; jacket somewhat scuffed and worn, small dampstain (mostly internal) at bottom rear corner, some uneven fading and color-shifting between green and blue, no doubt signifying something]. "In the first half of the book Metz explores a number of aspects of the psychological anchoring of cinema as a social institution, using Freudian psychoanalysis to examine the nature of cinematic spectatorship, the relations of cinema and voyeurism, fetishism, and so on. In the second half he shifts his approach to look at the operations of meaning in the film text, at the figures of image and sound concatenation. Thus he is led to consider metaphor and metonymy in film." (Thus I am led to doze off.) A "culmination" (it sez here) of the work of this "most influential contemporary theorist of cinema [and] a leading contributor to the development of semiotics generally." (Q: How many translators does it take to change French to English? A: Four. What, you were expecting a joke? Maybe it was funnier in French.)

Title: The Imaginary Signifier: Psychoanalysis and the Cinema

Author: Metz, Christian (translated by Celia Britton, Annwyl Williams, Ben Brewster and Alfred Guzzetti)

Categories: Cinema: Theory/Criticism,

Edition: 1st printing

Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana University Press: (c.1982)

ISBN Number: 0-253-33105-6

ISBN Number 13: 9780253331052

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fair in Good dj

Seller ID: 17827

Keywords: Psychology Linguistics Communication