Thriving in the gap: visual and linguistic meaning unmaking in The City & The City

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Date: Fall 2014
From: Extrapolation(Vol. 55, Issue 3)
Publisher: Liverpool University Press (UK)
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 8,720 words
Lexile Measure: 1360L

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This paper focuses on the use of sight as a means of resistance to an all-seeing authority, and the use of vision as a way of remaking one's system of signifying and one's ideology. Through the application of Foucault's theory about sight, power and the Panopticon, and through the application of picture theory, I will examine China Mieville's use of seeing as ideology making in The City & The City where citizenship, the social imaginary, signification, and ideology all depend on characters who unsee. Just as there are gaps in vision, so are there other interstitial places for characters to inhabit where full vision, and full meaning making, are possible.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A396138614