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Visualizing Desire

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Vision plays a key role when one thinks of desire. Although vision in and of itself is a synesthetic activity involving the interrelations of all the senses, it is the primary sense when we think of the way desire, unconscious desire in this case, is mobilized. Desire, as conceptualized within psychoanalysis, is central to the construction of identity. Desire is sex/gendered when looking, and hence, the discourse of psychoanalysis has attempted to expose its difficulty, given that the desire ...

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