Abstract

Abstract:

Sylvain George’s documentary film, Paris est une fête (2016), and Jean-François Lyotard’s idea of the figural are the focus of this paper’s conceptualization of desire-work as a way to theorize race in contemporary French thought. I take as a point of departure the troublesome implications of Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic structure of the subject when linked to perceptions of racial difference. Through a critique of Lacan’s model of the symbolic and the real, I appeal to a figural aesthetic in George’s documentary. The figural calls for desire-work, or a movement elicited by an aesthetic force that is not pre-inscribed as unrepresentable difference.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1931-0234
Print ISSN
0014-0767
Pages
pp. 180-196
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-28
Open Access
No
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