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Real DeceptionsThe Contemporary Reinvention of Realism$
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Jennifer Friedlander

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190676124

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190676124.001.0001

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Realism and Deception

(p.1) Introduction
Real Deceptions

Jennifer Friedlander

Oxford University Press

Drawing upon Jacques Lacan’s insight that fiction paves the way for an encounter with the truth, and Jacques Rancière’s conception of an “aesthetic politics,” this introduction explores realism’s complicity with deception. It addresses contemporary aesthetic forms of trompe l’oeil, illusion, virtuality, simulation, and hypervirtuality with a view to destabilizing the conservative force yielded by the illusion of metalanguage. It lays the foundation for examining ways in which realist forms of contemporary art and media may constitute motors for subversion and develops an account of the critical role that realism can play in a provocative form of radical aesthetic politics.

Keywords:   trompe l’oeil, metalanguage, simulation, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Rancière, Jean Baudrillard

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