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Tagged with books, mise en abyme, Philip K. Dick, science fiction
What do we do if consciousness itself is a simulacrum without a referent, and all self-reflection therefore a kind of hopeless mise en abyme?
The Beeb translated the title as "Spiral", which I assumed was a "mise en abyme" thing like in classic Film Noir, where the protagonists are caught in a plot whirlpool...
I wasn't planning to post any other, but I could hardly resist the mise en abyme effect in this one, found in the current week's Canard: "Faisant des 'blogs' avec un gros d'Arcachon, ce hacker blond sait que le spam, c'est pervers".
I spent five parargraphs making up a bunch of metaphors to demonstrate the power of the en abyme concept - "the image is framed within the subject's glasses: he's seeing it through a lens, just like us" etc. - which boosted my word count enough that I'm in sight of the 2800 minimum, but is utterly devoid of references.
Photography en abyme tries very hard to sound deep, but isn't really, and you'd think writing an essay on it wouldn't be difficult.
I'm genuinely intrigued as to how my lecturers will react to this - one in particular is very fond of en abyme stuff.
I thought, particularly during the mise en abyme - the play within the film - at the beginning, that the stage effects Gilliam uses look so much better than computer graphics.
You see, there is a little more to en abyme than just the metaphorical angle, but it's a bit silly.
It's about 'photography en abyme', which is when a photo contains metaphorical references to the process of photography.