Fogg, The Newborn

Jules Verne’s 19th century novel about the travels of the “eclectic” Phileas Fogg at first seems a quick read, an adventurous tale written in a light-hearted vernacular. Yet a close reading of passages, such as the paragraph at the beginning of chapter two, reveals more complex, latent themes amidst the pages of such “mass” fiction. […]

Elizabeth Cowie’s “Fantasia”

Elizabeth Cowie’s article, “Fantasia”, uses a psychoanalytic approach to deconstruct the presence of fantasy in psychology and in cinema. Cowie is motivated to dispel the notions of fantasy as escapism or childish, and choose, instead, to explore its construction and meaning. She begins her argument by siding against one feminist conception of fantasy as an oppressive symbol of patriarchal dominance, and rather supports the claim that fantasy is essential to human nature.

Mulvey: Fatally Attracted

Since its inception, one aspect of the cinema has remained dauntingly confusing. In horror, romance, mystery and drama alike, film critics have only been able to speculate about the spectator’s enigmatic relationship with the medium. In “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, Laura Mulvey tackles the issue with considerable success, using a psychoanalytic approach within a […]

Marginalizing the Soft Paunch

From television’s inception, programs have been loaded with latent hegemonic value and belief systems; the white, middle-class nuclear family of American dreams, in particular, seems to have found its niche in the small screen. For in the same way that it sponsors convention and distinguishes “norms”, the television set has a unique ability to identify and isolate the unusual, different, and marginal.