How to Read Lacan

How to Read Lacan

Paperback How to Read

By (author) Slavoj Zizek

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  • Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 10mm | 116g
  • Publication date: 4 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1862078947
  • ISBN 13: 9781862078949
  • Sales rank: 18,480

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"The only thing of which one can be guilty is of having given ground relative to one's desire." - Jacques Lacan. Is psychoanalysis dead or are we to read frequent attacks on its theoretical 'mistakes' and clinical 'frauds' as a proof of its vitality? Slavoj i ek's passionate defence of Lacan reasserts the ethical urgency of psychoanalysis. Traditionally, psychoanalysis was expected to allow the patient to overcome the obstacles which prevented access to 'normal' sexual enjoyment; today, however, we are bombarded from all sides by different versions of the injunction 'Enjoy!' Lacan reminds us that psychoanalysis is the only discourse in which you are allowed not to enjoy. Since for Lacan psychoanalysis itself is a procedure of reading, each chapter uses a passage from Lacan as a tool to interpret another text from philosophy, art or popular ideology. Lacan is read with Hegel and Hitchcock, with Shakespeare and Dostoevsky.

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Slavoj i ek philosopher and psychoanalyst, heads the International Center of Humanities at Birkbeck College. His numerous books, translated into more than 30 languages, include The Parallax View and Lacan: the Silent Partners.

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Slavoj i ek was named in Prospect as one of the top 100 public intellectuals of our day i ek's readership will increase the market for How to Read Lacan Adding to 10 other titles currently available in the How to Read series