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Reading Capital Louis Althusser. The Lost Cause of Mourning. Katie Glanz rated it it was amazing Mar 12, 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 cesire us with our limitations, and the nature of our freedom as modern subjects.

Similar terrain as Zizek but perhaps easier to read. Again, Copjec argues that the policeman is too literal, too stuck in the literalness of the symbolic, whereas the detective locates desire at the point of the real, where the symbolic fails. Chapter 5 shows an unexpected link between stories of vampirism and the championing of breastfeeding.

Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists

I can’t say I fully understood this book, and yet, as a Foucauldian, this book is no less than a sheer revelation. For me, Chapter 4, with its amazing critique of utilitarianism, is the argument’s high point, a genuinely original and innovative argument that has enormous consequences for how we can counter the devastating effects of utilitarianism on our world.

Stian rated it it was amazing Nov 22, Foucault is sect, what with his groovy modalities of power and what not, but the fact is that the entire Foucauldian oeuvre is covered in about one-fourth of the Ecrits.

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Ordinarily, these modes of thinking only cross paths long enough for historicists to charge psychoanalysis with an indifference to history, but here psychoanalysis, via Lacan, goes on the offensive. 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. Book ratings by Goodreads.

Oh, and a much clearer read than Zizek! The strongest chapters beyond the introduction are the 3rd and 6th. The System of Objects Jean Baudrillard. Sign in to use this feature. Robert Copuec rated it really liked it Feb 20, To grossly generalize, for Foucault per Copjecthe modern ideologies leave no space for the individual. In Praise of Disobedience. Also in Radical Thinkers. Postmodern Geographies Edward W.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The Erad Books of The Inheritance of Potentiality: In Lacanian psychoanalysis, by contrast, the subject is something that fails to come into discourse, that is detectable only by the hole that it leaves in language. Don’t have an account? Infancy and History Giorgio Agamben.

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Jan 17, The Awdude rated it liked it. Copjec interweaves these pictures with a meditation on how utilitarianism and functionalism have changed architecture buildings are now defined primarily by their usean attitude that spills over into clothing, and then into the functionalist definition of humanity itself, which now becomes defined by useful work – clothing, in this perspective, becomes merely a decorative and inessential supplement.

In Read My DesireJoan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and those of Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern disciplines—psychoanalysis and historicism. Copjec is cpjec 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. Copjec’s argument, as I see it, is not really with Foucault or the historicist’s, despite the subtitle of the book, but with an erroneous assumption deskre all human desire can be rationalized and explained – historicism in particular seems to believe that, if there are gaps in this respect, it is only because we haven’t looked hard enough.

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But this book focuses mainly on Lacanian discourse analysis and film theory the chapter on noir is outstanding. In particular, there is a large dose of film theory dead this book, as well as an excellent chapter on the colonial photographs of G. This is an enormous mistake. Still, just about every one has some value. Copjec even mentions Trump in the same breath as Reagan!

Not because every argument is bulletproof, but because it is audacious, comprehensive, and necessary.

Hardcoverpages. Ordinarily, these discourses cross paths only long enough for historiacists to charge psychoanalysis with an indifference to history, but here psychoanalysis, via Lacan, goes on the offensive. Daniel rated it it was amazing Desiree 10, If it didn t exist, one would have to invent it! Judas Priest February 16, Feb 06, Andrew Fairweather rated it really liked it Shelves: Read it Forward Read it first.

Heather rated it it was amazing Oct 27, To understand the functioning of historicism and the science of psychoanalysis is equally crucial.

Read My Desire : Lacan Against the Historicists

Find it on Scholar. Copjec aids her readers in achieving these goals. The key thinkers that Copjec is interpreting in this book are Foucault and Lacan also with healthy doses of Freudand her knowledge of them is excellent.