The trope as trap: Ideology revisited
This article revisits the theory of ideology, from Marx through Lukacs and Ricoeur to Zizek, and proposes to conceive of ideology, at least in some instances, as a 'trope gone wrong'. Starting from five basic questions - what causes ideology, where and how does it come about, what is its function and to what extent is it surmountable? - this essay underscores the problematic status of ideology as a theoretical concept. While the article argues that ideology remains a useful notion, it also concludes that there is no theoretical discourse that can make more than a temporary claim to non-ideological status.
Faber, Sebastiaan. "The trope as trap: ideology revisited." Culture, Theory & Critique 45.2 (2004): 133-159.
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