“Fantasies always involve an act that deprives us of the object before we obtain it, and it is in this deprivation that we enjoy in the fantasy. We fantasize the object at a distance in order that we can properly enjoy the object. Once we recognize this, everything changes. Even the most ideological Hollywood fantasies require this distance from the object to function effectively. Our ability to enjoy these fantasies depends not on their ideological function of enabling us to imagine ourselves obtaining the impossible object. We enjoy these fantasies because they make the object impossible. Obtaining the object is a small pleasure that arrives at the end, never the source of the fantasmatic enjoyment. Of course, there are ideological fantasies, but fantasy as such, if we understand it correctly, is not ideological.” – Todd McGowan http://ift.tt/1QE0zdl
“What Hegel calls “pure self-recognition in absolute otherness,” is called by Todd McGowan “a recognition that one’s identity exists outside oneself in the object that appears most other to oneself”” – ANDRE VANTINO http://ift.tt/1eimg3j
“Just as the characters in Lynch’s films must endure the realization of their fantasies without respite, so must the spectator of these films. ” – TODD MCGOWAN http://ift.tt/1GJAUap
“just as the death drive leads to self-sabotage, it also acts as the source of our enjoyment, and by shifting the terrain of emancipatory politics to that of enjoyment, psychoanalysis offers what Marxism’s political program could not.” – Marxism is able to theorize sacrifice as necessary for future pleasure, but it is unable to conceive sacrifice as an end in itself, as a source of enjoyment.
– TODD MCGOWAN http://ift.tt/1I0S1Kh
“In the act of identifying myself with a symbolic identity, I become who ideology wants me to become and thereby deny ..that I am never identical to what I am.” – Sartre links any affirmation of identity to bad faith. ..Bad faith accepts symbolic identity as accurately defining the subject, and thus it produces a subject without any awareness of its own role in constituting and taking on this identity. – TODD MCGOWAN http://ift.tt/1PAb2CV
“There is something fundamentally disappointing about voyeurism: it never sees what it’s looking for but instead sees a moment created for its look.” – TTODD MCGOWAN http://ift.tt/1PvVJeF