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Lacan's Harpo

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This essay develops a reading of the Marx Brothers’ fi lms following Lacan’s discussion of Harpo Marx in his Seminar VII. Analyzing Harpo’s role as an object-machine of enjoyment, it connects his status, as well as the larger realm of the brothers’ humor, to Lacan’s perverse and perverting analytic discourse.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-116
Number of pages19
JournalCinema Journal
Volume50
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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