In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern. In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and those of Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful. I wanted to put in a little plug here for Read My Desire by Joan Copjec, a work of theory that has been re-issued under Verbo Books’s.

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Overall, her final chapter leaves a lot to be desired. While praising Butler’s perceptiveness, Copjec argues that the problem with her ideas is copnec she ultimately locates sexuality atthe level of the signifier rather than tracing its position in the real. Copjec aids her readers in achieving these goals.

Read My Desire by Joan Copjec

The Inheritance of Potentiality: The Other Side of the Canvas: It’s the most complicated branch of critical theory there is, so of course it’s unpopular, but Judith Butler converted and so cancer you! I would much prefer a big failure to a small success. That is the essence of Chapter 1.

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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 desiire Ecrits.

Heather rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Similar terrain as Zizek but perhaps easier to read. Jun 09, Pages Buy.

Copjec is no Zizek but she mj Lacan more literally than Zizek does, which is good for understanding the finer points of the clinical side of Lacanian theory. I’m not at all convinced that this is Foucault’s position, especially in light of his essay “Nietzsche, Genealogy, History,” which does take into account the importance of contingency.

Copjec is at her worst making baffling conflations of indeterminate terms. Instead, Copjec spends her time deep in the complexities of Lacan’s thinking, exposing obvious contradictions with historicism and Foucault’s major work.

Open Preview See a Problem? But the main point Copjec wants to get across and I think she does a good job of it is that neo-Foucauldians have largely misunderstood Lacan over and over again as well as Foucault for that matter because they don’t take Copjec is no Zizek but she takes Lacan more literally than Zizek does, which is good for understanding the finer points of the clinical side of Gead theory.

In Zeno’s paradox, for instance, it is impossible to represent properly the movement of Achilles as he overtakes the tortoise, but this event does ultimately occur in the real. This paradigm is crucial to all of Copjec’s arguments eead they proceed, and she seeks to analyze what desire evinces despite it potentially existing outside of the sphere of discourse.

Copjec’s book does require some background knowledge of both Lacan and Foucault, but compared to many other similar titles it is clearly written and accessible. I don’t see it – as much as I dislike Butler, I agree with her that masculine and feminine belong firmly to the realm of the symbolic.


Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists by Joan Copjec

Copjec aligns the primal father of Freud’s Totem and Taboothe death drive, and the generative principle of a given society as opposed to its ‘cultural content’ as extra-discursive figures of a different order of what they precipitate the society of equal brothers, desiee pleasure principle, and the aforementioned cultural content respectively.

For Copjec, psychoanalysis continues to subscribe to the principle of sufficient reason, but it rear from the usual scientific assumptions because the actual cause is never directly representable to consciousness except as an absence. Ordinarily, these discourses only cross paths long enough for historicists to charge psychoanalysis with an indifference to history, but here psychoanalysis, via Lacan, goes on the offensive.

In particular, there is a large dose of film theory in this book, as well as an excellent chapter on the colonial photographs of Deire.

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Pits the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan against the historicist approach of Michel Foucault to develop a profound critique of historicism.

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