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Youth Fantasies: The Perverse Landscape of the Media

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: A Road Map of What’s to Come

  3. The Non-Divide Between Fantasy and Reality: Setting Up Our Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jan Jagodzinski
      Pages 49-66
  4. Post-Oedipalization: Postmodern Drive Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Jan Jagodzinski
      Pages 103-122
  5. Cyberspace as Obsessive Interpassivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Jan Jagodzinski
      Pages 125-136
    3. Jan Jagodzinski
      Pages 137-151
    4. Jan Jagodzinski
      Pages 153-167
  6. ? Conclusion ? “Are the Kids Alright?”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Jan Jagodzinski
      Pages 233-240

About this book


Youth Fantasies is a collection of studies conducted in cross-cultural collaboration over the past ten years that theorizes 'youth fantasy'; as manifested through the media of TV, film, and computer games. Unlike other media studies and education books, the authors employ both Lacanian and Kleinian psychoanalytic concepts to attempt to make sense of teen culture and the influence of mass media. The collection includes case studies of X-Files fans, the influence of computer games and the 'Lara Croft' phenomenon, and the reception of Western television by Tanzanian youth. The authors see this book as a much needed reconciliation between cultural studies and Lacanian psychoanalysis, and attempt to highlight why Lacan is important to note when exploring youth fantasy and interest in the media, especially in shows like X-Files .


computer game Cultural Studies culture education film identity psychoanalysis youth

About the authors

JAN JAGODZINSKI is a Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta. He is the author of Pedagogical Desire: Authority, Seduction, Transference, and the Question of Ethics and Postmodern Dilemmas: Outrageous Essays in Art & Art Education.

Bibliographic information


'Provides rich insights for educators and counsellors so that no one concerned with youth or interested in Lacanian theory or postmodernity can afford to do without.' - Mark Bracher, Kent State University, USA