imaginary signifier

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absent signifier

Overview page. Subjects: Media Studies.

1. A particular feature which is perceived as missing from a representation in any medium, especially where it is ‘notable by its absence’, breaching expectations. See also com...

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Christian Metz

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.


Frenchfilm theorist. Metz introduced film studies to both structuralism and psychoanalysis and in the process helped initiate the establishment of film theory. Instead of...

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la grande syntagmatique

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics.


The most influential articles written by Christian Metz during his earliest years of film theorizing were, arguably, his explanation and application of the phenomenon...

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