How To Read Lacan

How To Read Lacan

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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 Zizek'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, applying his ideas to Hegel and Hitchcock, Shakespeare and Dostoevsky.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 9mm | 114g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1862078947
  • 9781862078949
  • 15,983

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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, here, each chapter uses a passage from Lacan as a tool to interpret another text from philosophy, art or popular ideology.
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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
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About Slavoj Zizek

Slavoj Zizek 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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