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Recording Reality, Desiring the Real$
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Elizabeth Cowie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816645480

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816645480.001.0001

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Documentary Desire: Seeing for Ourselves and Identifying in Reality

Documentary Desire: Seeing for Ourselves and Identifying in Reality

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(p.86) 3 Documentary Desire: Seeing for Ourselves and Identifying in Reality
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Recording Reality, Desiring the Real
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Elizabeth Cowie

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816645480.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the process in which viewers are engaged as desiring spectators and as knowing spectators. It presents Lacan’s explanation about the position of the speaking subject to understand the persons addressed by the documentary. The spectators are the ones addressed by the documentary, and what they seek from the documentary are knowledge and experience. The chapter also presents the interrelation and the psychoanalysis of the ways which documentary engages this address.

Keywords:   spectators, Jacques Lacan, documentary, psychoanalysis, reality

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