International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Lacan on Gaze
Yuanlong Ma

Thanks to Jacques Lacan, gaze has now become a very important subject not only in the field of psychoanalysis, but also at once in the field of politics and film theory. Despite a lot of treatises on gaze have already been published since Lacan discussed the subject at great length in his seminar XI, there still remains many unsolved riddles and enigmas to be cracked. What is the gaze? Why the gaze is the object a in the register of the scopic drive? What relation is the gaze to eye? Why does Lacan assert that ā€œIā€ am a picture in the scopic field? Then what is a picture, and for what does a painter draw? We can never truly understand these enigmas before the gaze in Lacanian sense get an exhaustive research.

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