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Real Deceptions: The Contemporary Reinvention of Realism

Jennifer Friedlander


Through a study of recent trends within contemporary media and art, this book considers how political transformation might be facilitated from within the much maligned aesthetic category of realism. It challenges both the enduring position that the realist form tends to be complicit with ideological conservatism and the arguments traditionally made for how realism can, on occasion, play a politically transgressive role. In cases where it is appreciated for its disruptive potential, realism is assumed to have the ability to guide spectators toward previously unseen truths by lifting the veil of ... More

Keywords: Jacques Rancière, Jacques Lacan, Jean Baudrillard, Slavoj Žižek, realism, reality, deception, contemporary art, aesthetic politics, film theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190676124
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190676124.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Friedlander, author
Associate Professor of Film, Pomona College