March 19, 2007

Murfin and the Real...umm...I Mean Ray

Murfin and Ray, Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

The Real - "One of three orders of subjectivity according to psychoanalytic theorist and critic Jacques Lacan...The Real cannot be imagined, symbolized, or known directly; it constantly eludes our efforts to name it. Death, gravity, and the physicality of objects are examples of the Real..." (Murfin and Ray 397).

This is a very interesting literary term in relation to psychoanalytical criticisms. This is important to understanding and interpreting the language of the literature because these are objects that we cannot grasp. All three of the orders according to Lacan are all in relation to phallic concepts, or concepts that appear to associate with the male figure, rather than the female figure. The Real, the Imaginery, and the Symbolic Order work kind of like the id, ego, and superego, to which one try to solve the laws associated with the other orders. The male sign as its ordering principle is going to frustrate many female readers, but at the same time, it is one way to read.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at March 19, 2007 8:06 PM
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