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James S. Williams

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235460

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313943

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Photography and Fetishism in L′amant

Photography and Fetishism in L′amant

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(p.191) Chapter 10 Photography and Fetishism in L′amant
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Revisioning Duras
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Alex Hughes

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235460.003.0011

This chapter examines the roles of photography, photographic invention, and fetishism in Marguerite Duras's autobiographical novel L'amant, which features a récit that derives its impetus from a verbalised, fantasised image, a ‘fantasme de photographie’. This phantasmatic, verbalised self-image conforms to the ‘fetish = pocket phallus’ paradigm mentioned by Christian Metz in his essay entitled ‘Photography and Fetish’. Viewed through Freudian psychoanalysis, the photo-images associated with the narrator's mother in L'amant seem to symbolise a (refused) maternal ‘castration’ or failed female phallicity. In other words, they can be interpreted as symbols for a maternal Lack that arises every time the mother suffers from (de)privation, whether of money, sanity, authority, or, most especially, jouissance.

Keywords:   Marguerite Duras, photography, photographic invention, fetishism, self-image, psychoanalysis, photo-images, mother

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