Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists

Read My Desire Lacan Against the Historicists In Read My Desire Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault protagonists of two powerful modern discourses psychoanalysis and historicism Ordinaril

  • Title: Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists
  • Author: Joan Copjec
  • ISBN: 9780262032193
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern discourses psychoanalysis and historicism Ordinarily, these discourses only cross paths long enough for historicists to charge psychoanalysis with an indifference to history, but here psychoanalysis, via Lacan, goes on theIn Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern discourses psychoanalysis and historicism Ordinarily, these discourses only cross paths long enough for historicists to charge psychoanalysis with an indifference to history, but here psychoanalysis, via Lacan, goes on the offensive Refusing to cede historicity to the historicists, Copjec makes a case for the superiority of Lacan s explanation of historical process, its generative principles, and its complex functionings Her goal is to inspire a new kind of cultural critique, one that would be literate in desire, that would be able to read what is inarticulable in cultural statements.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    About “Joan Copjec

    • Joan Copjec

      Joan Copjec is a philosopher, theorist, author, feminist, and prominent American Lacanian psychoanalyst She is the director of the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at the University of Buffalo.

    216 thoughts on “Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists

    • Joan Copjec's book almost feels like a class in Lacan—using many of his key ideas to discuss stuff ranging from Bergsonian time, to utilitarianism, to vampires, to Judith Butler, to detective fiction and noir film, Lacan is championed as the savior of psychoanalysis, insisting that only the Lacanian psychoanalytic approach will acquaint us with our limitations, and the nature of our freedom as modern subjects. And maybe because while I read, I nod and blink, I totally dig itPsychoanalysis is, [...]


    • Copjec is no Zizek but she takes Lacan more literally than Zizek does, which is good for understanding the finer points of the clinical side of Lacanian theory. But this book focuses mainly on Lacanian discourse analysis and film theory (the chapter on noir is outstanding). But the main point Copjec wants to get across (and I think she does a good job of it) is that neo-Foucauldians have largely misunderstood Lacan over and over again (as well as Foucault for that matter) because they don't take [...]




    • Similar terrain as Zizek but perhaps easier to read. The essay with photos of men and women veiling is haunting.


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