The tale “The Spectacles,” one of Edgar Allan Poe’s Extraordinary Tales, is a story of the “grotesque” showing us that if in adolescence one looks without seeing or sees without looking, the resolution of the enigmas of the sexual, of identity, of social development will be difficult because, like the hero at the outset, one will remain entangled in the net of Oedipal and incest issues. The adolescent gaze is above all “a language and it develops the proof.” (Jean Cocteau).
An engagement with the imaginary shapes this issue, prepared in cooperation with the Ferme du Vinatier and Professor Jacques Hochmann:
– expressions, internal and external theatrics, festive activities
– a defense of the adolescent imaginary, so often attacked by our modern society.
The avatar may be reduced to a sort of logo or enhanced with a large number of personal details. For its owner, it functions in virtual spaces as a second skin, and for its interlocutors as a set of partial objects. Neither totally real, nor totally imaginary, the avatar introduces him into a new space in which the interlocutor is both present and absent, in a way that can engage either the element of consolation or that of frustration.
Adolescence, 2009, T. 27, n°3, pp. 591-600.