Unravelling Moretti's (political) unconscious: the abyss of the subject in La stanza del figlio

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‘Unravelling Moretti's (political) unconscious' looks at Nanni Moretti's most recent film, La stanza del figlio (The Son's Room), to re-assess the director's obsession with self-referentiality and attempt a political reading of his understanding and representation of subjectivity. Given the film's explicit emphasis on ‘trauma’ and ‘loss’, the question of subjectivity is approached from apsychoanalytic (Lacanian) perspective. More precisely, the article draws on Lacanian theory to claim that the fundamental political dimension of the film should be identified in its insistence on representing the Lacanian notion of the Real (le RĂ©el) as a traumatic formation produced by the socio-symbolic order itself.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/147335303782369484

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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