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Invisible Man

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Transcript of Invisible Man

Invisible Man
THE MIRROR STAGE
according to Lacan
American Dream/New American Dream
Booker T and W.E.B
Reality?
Reflection?
"The self, or I?"
Reality?
Reflection
THE GAZE
THE GAZE FANON STYLE
stereotypes
images
stories
facts
history
fictions
Reality?
Concept map
- perception
Romantic
Enlightenment
Materialist
Nihilist
American Dream
-inner/outer
- reality/illusion
- man/nature
- man/machine
- order/chaos
- civil/primal
- animal/human
-
- power
- control
- agency
- passion/reason
- perception
- gaze
- eyes
Identity
- viewpoint
- gender
- race
-class
- sexuality
Imagery
(see next frame)
American Dream
- happiness
- house and spouse
- family
- money
- conformity
- freedom
New American Dream
- freedom
- "more than a member of a race"
- whole not hole
Booker T Washington's thought:
- emerged directly from Reconstruction, post-Civil War

- emphasized education
- emphasized need to avoid perceived
"threat" to white southerners
- emphasized need to work in "trades"
to achieve material freedom ($)
- emphasized "social responsibility"
WEB DuBois' thought:
- emerged from his northern, educated
experience in New England
- emphasized higher education (equal admissions to colleges such as Harvard)
- emphasized need to speak honestly to white northerners about need for equality
- emphasized need for equality in workplaces
- emphasized "social equality"
a child looks in the mirror
and is confused...which is real, and which a reflection?
briefcase
shackle
game
veil/mask
statue
puppet
machine
w/hole
(abyss)
Two kinds of invisibility:
self-inflicted and
other-inflicted
They may see what they project onto us (the gaze).
They may what what we project (skin, veil, clothing).
Either way, they don't see us.
How does the mirror work?
How do we see?
How does a gaze define?
Can we see reality?
Always?
What creates perception?
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