Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Postmodernism: Notes from 5th, 6th and 7th Lecture- 19/10/2011, 26/10/2011, 2/11/2011

  • Look up Roland Barthes 1915-1980- Post-structuralist, A writer interested in language
  • Text is: Film, Advertisment, Graphics, Photography (anything that can be read)
  • Criticals: Have an insightinto the text, revealing the intention and giving it away to us.
  • The Death of The Auther is Postmodern.
  • Collage/Montage becomes the primary form of of Postmodern discoveries.
  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Sherrie Levine: Killing the photographer and making a new meaning.
  • Despencing singular deffinitio to create another reference.
  • SwededFilms.com
  • Jane Austin: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
  • Relies with a reflexive relationship with their audience.
  • Wikipedia embraces stuff that make people nervous. It is the crowd's opinion.
  • The Derrida Virus: Jacques Derrida
  • Structure, logic and tradition are under attack by Postmodernism.
  • Virus: It needs to enter into an existing system, it is a dead living being.
  • Look up Christopher Butler: "Everything is constructed"
  • "We live not inside reality, but inside of our representations of it."
  • Final or true definitions are impossible.
  • Deconstruction as an idea is all about revealing the invisible facts that we all taDke for granted.
  • Binary Opositions: The meaning of words which are defined by our culture.
  • The meaning of words is existing between us, therefore it is cultural.
  • History is an events written by somebody, but did they actually happen?
  • Man/Woman, Black/White, Gay/Straight etc : One term is privileged by another.
  • Deconstruction is good at pulling things apart and making you feel uncomfortable.
  • Zombie: Binary opposition (alive/dead) -We want one term or another.
  • In deconstruction your need to chose/fix is being revealed.
  • It makes you feel angry-you want the world to make sense.
  • Aporia: when you can't find a right position on something
  • Differance (French term): You cannot keep both terms at the same time: you chose either one or another. But the other one does not disappear, it is postponed.
  • Funny Games (2007): It de constructs Horror and Torture Porn- it asks questions about its own format.
  • Metafiction: Enigmatic and Vague- A fiction which reflects upon its own nature.
  • Realism: Writers and painters try to make worlds out of the real.
  • The real is what we rely on.
  • Human Identity: Culture is constructed by us so we are polluted.
  • Deconstruction: Pulling apart something you think is solid.
  • The Fourth Wall: Film pretended to be real. The actor addresses you directly, it looks out at the audience.
  • Scream 3: A character that dies on the second one and warning the rest of the characters of what they should expect from a trilogy.
  • The Droste Effect (French term): An image within an image. Inability to arrive, endless fiction. We never get to something solid.
  • " A snake eating its own tail."

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