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Revista Polis e Psique

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BAPTISTA, Luis Antonio dos Santos. Urban Profanations: fiction and the image in Psy subjectivism. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2017, vol.7, n.2, pp. 106-118. ISSN 2238-152X.

As representation and expression of the Subject, or of the Human, Art is a striking concept within Psy discourses. Cinema and literature are used as an expressive field for the recognition of psychic functioning. This article problematises this methodological resource. In light of Walter Benjamin's analysis of Charles Baudelaire's poetic prose and his relationship with the city, we seek to inquire upon the ethical-political effects of this methodology of representation. The category of aura proposed by Walter Benjamin, as well as that of the image as deception, as used by researchers in the history of cinema, are fundamental tools for the argumentation of this article. By using these categories, we look to analyse the pedagogical and pastoral character of the aura of Art and the artist as used by Psy professionals. The article relies on Walter Benjamin as well as other authors to profane artistic experience and the secular affirmation of the artist and Art. Fiction and the Image are used as instruments which call forth other categories so as to question the paradoxes, conflicts and inventions which inhabit cities.

Keywords : Fiction; Image; City; Power.

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