Addresses Lacan's reception in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, offering new perspectives for American readers.
This book offers a selection of the best work on Lacan that has been published over the past ten years by RISS, a Swiss journal of Lacanian studies. Though focused on Lacan and Freud, the collection is partly about Germany itself, addressing questions of trauma, historical memory, politics, fascism, and democracy. The essays range from investigations of particular art forms such as music and tragedy to clinical studies of melancholia, depression, anxiety, and other somatic phenomena that have a symbolic or psychic dimension. As a whole, the book explores the breakdown of meaning and the failure of social and political structures, which Lacan addresses through the category of the Real, and it offers English-speaking readers a variety of new perspectives on Lacan and psychoanalysis.
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"This excellent collection is the first in English to address the reception and use of Lacan in Germany, and its strong connection between clinical and cultural issues is new and illuminating." — Charles Shepherdson, author of Vital Signs: Nature, Culture, Psychoanalysis
Contributors include Bernard Baas, Rudolf Bernet, Raymond Borens, Johannes Fehr, Richard Feldstein, Hans-Dieter Gondek, Lucien Israel, Maire Jaanus, Alain Juranville, Anne Juranville, Christian Klaui, Sebastian Leikert, Monique David-Menard, André Michels, August Ruhs, Joachim Saalfrank, Regula Schindler, Elizabeth Stewart, Dieter Strauli, Samuel Weber, Elisabeth Widmer, and Peter Widmer.
Part I: Cultural
1. The Object of Jouissance in Music
2. On Murder, or: Tell's Projectile
3. Perversion: Tragedy or Guilt?
4. Identification in the Name of Lolita
5. The Beauty behind the Window Shutters
Part II: Sexual
6. Sexual Identification and Sexual Difference
7. The Joys and Suffering of So-Called Interpretation or: The Soul of the Dress's Fold
Johannes Fehr and Dieter Strauli
8. Hysteria and Melancholia in Woman
9. Symbolic Mother--Real Father
Part III: Clinical
10. "But It, the World . . . It Shames My Mute Pain": Some Thoughts on Melancholia and Depression
11. The Act of Interpretation: Its Conditions and its Consequences
12. Castration and Incest Prohibition in Francoise Dolto
13. Demand and Wish
14. Psychosis and Names
Part IV: Philosophical
15. Vertigo: The Question of Anxiety in Freud
16. From the Protective Shield against Stimuli to the Fantasm: A Reading of Chapter 4 of Beyond the Pleasure Principle
17. Sacrifice and the Law
18. Freud and Democracy
19. The Lacanian Thing
About the Editors:
Elizabeth Stewart is Assistant Professor of English at Yeshiva University. Maire Jaanus is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Barnard College. She is the coeditor (with Richard Feldstein and Bruce Fink) of Reading Seminar XI: Lacan's Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis: The Paris Seminars in English and Reading Seminars I and II: Lacan's Return to Freud, both published by SUNY Press. Richard Feldstein is Professor of English at Rhode Island College.