Lacanian psychoanalysis and the political

Lacanian psychoanalysis and the political
Derek Hook in his paper ‘What is ‘enjoyment as a political factor’?’ provides reasons and examples locating
Lacanian theory’s term ” Jouissance” into the given symbolic realm (such as politics, racism, etc..) rather than
the “Real’ realm as originally positioned by Lacan. This essay is meant discuss the reasons and to provide
supporting arguments for Derek Hook’s position.
Key Reading
Dean, J. (2006). Žižek’s politics. London & New York: Routledge. (Chapter 1: Enjoyment as a category of political theory).
Hook, D. (2011). A Critical Psychology of the Postcolonial (pp. 129-146, focusing on Frantz Fanon’s psychoanalytic critique of colonial racism).
Hook, D. (2017). What is ‘enjoyment as a political factor’? Political Psychology, 38, 4, 605-620.
Hook, D. (2018). Racism and jouissance: Evaluating the “racism as (the theft of) enjoyment” thesis. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 23, 244-266.
Required Watching:
Online mini-lectures by Derek Hook on jouissance (see Derek Hook’s YouTube lectures on Lacan):
Further Reading:
Bailly, L. (2012) Lacan: A beginner’s guide Oxford: One World chapters 2, 3 and 6. Oxford: Oneworld Publications
Benvenuto, B. and Kennedy, R. (1986) ‘The Mirror Stage’ in The Works of Jacques Lacan, An Introduction. London: Free Association Books
Bowie, M. (1991) Lacan, Chapter 4 ‘Symbolic, Imaginary, Real…and True’. London : Fontana Press
Dean, T. (2003) ‘Lacan and queer theory’ in The Cambridge Companion to Lacan. Editted by Jean-Michel Rabaté. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Dor, J. (1998) Introduction to the Reading of Lacan, Part II: The Paternal Metaphor as the Structural Crossroads of Subjectivity. New York: Other Press
Fink, B. (1995) The Lacanian Subject: Between Language and Jouissance Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press Part 1 Structure, Alienation and the Other (pp. 24-31 and 84-90)
Freud, S., (1923) The Ego and the Id. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XIX
Lacan, J. (1991) The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book 1 Freud’s Papers on Technique (1953-54). Translated by J. Forrester. NY & London: Norton & Company
Lacan, J (1948) Aggressiveness in Psychoanalysis in Ecrits. Translated by B. Fink. New York: Norton
Lacan , J (1953) The Symbolic, the Imaginary, and the Real in Jacques Lacan, On the Names-of-the-father (2013) Translated by Bruce Fink. Polity Press: Cambridge
Stijn Vanheule & Paul Verhaeghe (2009) Identity Through a Psychoanalytic Looking Glass in Theory & Psychology Vo. 19 (3): 391–411
Nobus, D. (1998) Life and Death in the Glass: A New Look at the Mirror Stage. In D. Nobus (ed) Key Concepts in Lacanian Psychoanalysis. New York: Other Press
Ragland-Sullivan, E. Jacques Lacan: Feminisism and the Problem of Gender Identity in SubStance, Vol. 11, No. 3, Issue 36 (1982), pp. 6-20 in

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