Vol 16, No 2 (2016): Mediating the Real

This special issue of MediaNZ addresses what the ‘Real’ might mean in contemporary media studies. Moving beyond common-sense understandings of ‘realness’ as material world or objective ‘truth’, Mediating the Real seeks to apply psychoanalytic understandings of the Real to mediated cultures. The special issue takes its motivation from currents in critical Lacanian thought which interrogate the political dimensions of the Real’s irruptions into, and intersections with, contemporary culture. In particular, papers engage with mediated cultural formations in order to investigate the Real as an anchor / point of return, as more than / beyond the Symbolic, as radically inaccessible / alterior, as that which troubles the Imaginary, etc.

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