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Author: Neyrat Frédéric

Neyrat Frédéric

PhD in Philosophy, Lecturer at the Department of Comparative Literature of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Address: 934 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Dr. 53706–1557, Madison, WI 53706, USA. E-mail:


Twilight Imagination: Fiction, Myth, and Illusion / Logos. 2015. № 3 (105). P. 179-196
annotation:  Storytelling, like other fictions of capital, typically blocks out elements of the nighttime imagination which Hegel compared with “the night of the world.” Using German idealism as a starting point, the author uses the term “twilight imagination” to refer to everything that forms worlds, forms mythological creations, and also forms cinematographic works. Some elements of grand narratives never disappeared, in spite of Jean-François Lyotard’s assertions that they in fact collapsed. These narratives simply changed their places and their intensity. The imagination (and hence the subconscious, the negative) still plays a crucial role in any creation. Anticapitalist politics are not always awake or alive enough to explain or to stir up the creative imagination. We are gradually waking up, but we do not have to run from our dreams of freedom and emancipation. Slavoj Žižek, folowing Jacques Lacan and Sigmund Freud, reminds us that sometimes we wake up in order to sleep; to evade a confrontation with the pure desire that our dreams give us. The aim of this article is not to politicize the aesthetics of dreams, but rather to analyze the role of the imagination (myth) in politics. This role can take disastrous forms, like the Nazi myth (Philippe Lacou-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy). But the question is whether it is possible or even desirable to purify politics of any imagination.
Keywords:  storytelling; fiction; the imaginary; advertisement; German Idealism; psychoanalysis
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