How To Read Lacan

Slavoj Zizek

Published: 4 September 2006
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 128 pages
ISBN: 9781862078949
£7.99

Overview

'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.


About the author

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Slavoj Zizek is a philosopher and psychoanalyst. He is currently the International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London, and president of the Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis, Ljubljana. His numerous books, translated into more than thirty languages, include The Parallax View and Lacan: The Silent Partners. More about the author





 
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