bookmark_borderThings that look like regular words but are really technical terms

I saw a paper on “Fifty psychological and psychiatric terms to avoid” on Twitter this morning (via Sarah Rose Cavanaugh), and it made me think I should post something very slightly related, viz. this short handout for undergrad English majors, which I originally put together for the Lit 1860-1945 course that I taught last fall. Terms include “deconstruction,” “Symbolic order,” and “male gaze.”


male gaze A visual orientation structured by gender that treats the female body as spectacle. Women can occupy the male gaze; in fact, that is what classic narrative cinema requires female viewers to do, since the camera is structured by the male gaze.
source: Laura Mulvey, “Visual Cinema and Narrative Pleasure,” 1975
associated with: psychoanalytic film theory
does not mean: a male point of view, any particular man’s perspective

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