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2001: a space Odyssey and the anticipatory function of the symbolic order in the staging of the beating fantasy

Wim Matthys UGent, David Schrans UGent and Filip Geerardyn UGent (2014) CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS. 29. p.69-75
abstract
This paper argues that the representation of violence in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, A Space Odyssey can be interpreted as a recurrent staging of the fantasy described by Freud in his 1919 article A Child is Being Beaten. A twofold implication of the function of anticipation is retrieved in terms of Lacan’s discussion of the three phased development of the beating fantasy. In Lacan’s reading, the second phase of this fantasy takes up an anticipatory function with regard to the assumption of Symbolic castration in the third phase. We argue that the retroactive construction of the three different formulas in the description of the beating fantasy in itself implies the pre-existence, and thus anticipatory function of the Symbolic Order. The anticipatory function of the Symbolic Order is retrieved in Kubrick’s particular mode of staging the beating fantasy, as it both implies the signifier of the Name-of-Kubrick’s-Father and the phallus as signifier of a structural lack.
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keyword
Phallus, Symbolic Castration, 2001, A Space Odyssey, Kubrick, Beating Fantasy, Name-of-the-Father
journal title
CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS
CASYS : Int. J. Comput. Anticip. Syst.
volume
29
pages
69 - 75
ISSN
1373-5411
language
English
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yes
classification
A2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2140809
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2140809
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2012-06-12 14:55:29
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2015-01-16 14:23:45
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  author       = {Matthys, Wim and Schrans, David and Geerardyn, Filip},
  issn         = {1373-5411},
  journal      = {CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {69--75},
  title        = {2001: a space Odyssey and the anticipatory function of the symbolic order in the staging of the beating fantasy},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2014},
}

Chicago
Matthys, Wim, David Schrans, and Filip Geerardyn. 2014. “2001: a Space Odyssey and the Anticipatory Function of the Symbolic Order in the Staging of the Beating Fantasy.” Casys : International Journal of Computing Anticipatory Systems 29: 69–75.
APA
Matthys, W., Schrans, D., & Geerardyn, F. (2014). 2001: a space Odyssey and the anticipatory function of the symbolic order in the staging of the beating fantasy. CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS, 29, 69–75.
Vancouver
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Matthys W, Schrans D, Geerardyn F. 2001: a space Odyssey and the anticipatory function of the symbolic order in the staging of the beating fantasy. CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS. 2014;29:69–75.
MLA
Matthys, Wim, David Schrans, and Filip Geerardyn. “2001: a Space Odyssey and the Anticipatory Function of the Symbolic Order in the Staging of the Beating Fantasy.” CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS 29 (2014): 69–75. Print.