This collection is the first extended interrogation in any language of Jacques Lacan's Seminar XVII. Originally delivered just after the Paris uprisings of May '68, Seminar XVII marked a turning point in Lacan's thought; it was both a step forward in the psychoanalytic debates and an important contribution to social and political issues. Collecting important analyses by many of the major Lacanian theorists and practitioners, this anthology is at once an introduction, critique, and extension of Lacan's influential ideas.
The contributors examine Lacan's theory of the four discourses, his critique of the Oedipus complex and the superego, the role of primal affects in political life, and his prophetic grasp of twenty-first-century developments. They take up these issues in detail, illuminating the Lacanian concepts with in-depth discussions of shame and guilt, literature and intimacy, femininity, perversion, authority and revolt, and the discourse of marketing and political rhetoric. Topics of more specific psychoanalytic interest include the role of object a, the master's discourse, philosophy and psychoanalysis, the status of knowledge, and the relation between psychoanalytic practices and the modern university.
Contributors. Geoff Boucher, Marie-Hélène Brousse, Justin Clemens, Mladen Dolar, Oliver Feltham, Russell Grigg, Pierre-Gilles Guéguen, Dominique Hecq, Dominiek Hoens, Éric Laurent, Juliet Flower MacCannell, Jacques-Alain Miller, Ellie Ragland, Matthew Sharpe, Paul Verhaeghe, Slavoj Zizek, Alenka Zupancic
About the Editors:
Justin Clemens is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Psychoanalytic Studies at Deakin University in Australia. He is the author of The Romanticism of Contemporary Theory and a coauthor of Avoiding the Subject.
Russell Grigg is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Studies at Deakin University. He is a coeditor of Female Sexuality and the translator of Lacan's Seminar XVII (forthcoming).
I. Clinic of the Discourses
1. Jacques-Alain Miller, On Shame 11
2. Paul Verhaeghe, Enjoyment and Impossibility: Lacan's Revision of the Oedipus Complex 29
3. Russell Grigg, Beyond the Oedipus Complex 50
4. Ellie Ragland, The Hysteric's Truth 69
5. Dominiek Hoens, Toward a New Perversion: Psychoanalysis 88
II. The Other Side of Psychoanalysis
6. Slavoj _išek, Objet a in Social Links 107
7. Mladen Dolar, Hegel as the Other Side of Psychoanalysis 129
8. Alenka Zupancic, When Surplus Enjoyment Meets Surplus Value 155
9. Oliver Feltham, Enjoy Your Stay: Structural Change in Seminar XVII 179
10. Juliet Flower MacCannell, More Thoughts for the Times on War and Death: The Discourse of Capitalism in Seminar XVII 195
11. Dominique Hecq, The Impossible Power of Psychoanalysis 216
III. Discourses of Contemporary Life
12. Éric Laurent, Symptom and Discourse 229
13. Marie-Helene Brousse, Common Markets and Segregation
14. Pierre-Gilles Gueguen, The Intimate, the Extimate, and Psychoanalytic Discourse 263
15. Geoff Boucher, Bureaucratic Speech Acts and the University Discourse: Lacan's Theory of Modernity 274
16. Matthew Sharpe, The “Revolution” in Advertising and University Discourse 292