The Lacanian-inflected psychoanalysis that has dominated film theory in the academy for several years now is usually presented as the alternative to a classically Freudian film criticism. Too often in the lacanalysis of films, however, will-of-the-wisp theoretical positions are read back into films with such iron rigidity that some of the most salient aspects of a film are entirely overlooked.One of my favorite Spanish words from my Sociology of Public Communication class was neohegelianismo.
Psychoanalysis is so not my thing. Argh. Well, if I get a C on this paper and full credit on the next one, I'll still have a solid A in the class.