Instinct and Identification." The Collected Papers of Otto Fenichel.
Luce Irigaray, Phallocentrism, and the "Scoptophilic Order"
The exclusion of the statuary closes over the "hole in the scoptophilic lens"--that is, by returning the appearance of the vulva to singularity, it is restored to a particular kind of intelligibility here understood as representability.
As such, they represent "the horror of nothing to see," not because they are invisible, but because they disrupt what she calls the "scoptophilic" order.
 Irigaray's theory of the "scoptophilic" nature of phallocentrism accounts for how the public image of the "vagina" is determined by a patriarchal ideology.
Necessarily then, the scoptophilic drive will be frustrated: although the narrator stares at Rudy with every ounce of his energy, the moment of revelation, of death, escapes him: "I could not, even in imagination, touch Rudy's perception--his eyes were too fixed, his lips too set, his muscles straining against the inexorable process" (54).
Objects are grasped by a scoptophilic urge and their description prepares, metaphorically, the close-up on Keller.
Holderlin warned that "King Oedipus has one eye too many perhaps" (603), suggesting the danger which comes along with the satisfaction of scoptophilic desire.
Instead of continuing to gratify the scoptophilic
gaze of men (including that of Dr.
(17) It would not be too difficult to show here that Freud's account, in "Instincts and Their Vicissitudes" (1915), of the scoptophilic
instinct corroborates this breakdown, even though the essay itself will toy to insist that vision represents the surmounting of oral proximity.