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Samuels, R. (2000). Vertigo: Sexual Disorientation and the Engendering of the Real. Gender and Psychoanalysis, 5(1):81-97.

(2000). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 5(1):81-97

Vertigo: Sexual Disorientation and the Engendering of the Real

Robert Samuels

In my book Hitchcock's Bi-Textuality: Lacan, Feminisms, and Queer Theory, I stress the different ways that the masculine control of vision and language is undermined by the presence of bisexual desires and identifications. This focus on the failures of masculine mastery contradicts many of the claims of recent feminist film theory that depend on the binary opposition between masculine visual control and the objectified female body. I have not tried to deny that men attempt to visually master females; rather, I have shown how many of these attempts at control often fail. Furthermore, the failure to master the representation of the female subject presents a form of masculine loss that motivates the male subject to find new ways to convert lack into a form of representational plentitude.

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