(Re)locating pleasure in media studies: toward an erotics of reading

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ab-stract, (n.) 1. a summary of points (as of a writing) usu. presented in skeletal form. (adj.) 1. difficult to understand: abstruse. (vt.) 1. dissociate, remove, separate. This essay concerns how language is, at once, structured (producing meaning) and infinite (destabilizing meaning). Both functions of language are tied to pleasure. Contemporary critical media studies, it is argued, has attacked the pleasure (plaisir) of language's structuring function while simultaneously repressing the pleasure (jouissance) of language's dismantling function. Is this to(o) abstract?

Keywords: Jouissance; Pleasure; Productive criticism; Roland Barthes; Text

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14791420410001685386

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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