Lacan, Discourse, and Social Change: A Psychoanalytic Cultural Criticism

Mark Bracher


Lacan, Discourse, and Social Change: A Psychoanalytic Cultural Criticism

Lacan, Discourse, and Social Change: A Psychoanalytic Cultural Criticism

  • Title: Lacan, Discourse, and Social Change: A Psychoanalytic Cultural Criticism
  • Author: Mark Bracher
  • ISBN: 9780801480638
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback

Jacques Lacan Biography Early life Lacan was born in Paris, the eldest of milie and Alfred Lacan s three children.His father was a successful soap and oils salesman His mother was ardently Catholic his younger brother entered a monastery in Lacan attended Slavoj Zizek Hegel with Lacan The Lack in the Other It would be a complete misunderstanding of the dialectical relationship between Knowledge and Truth if this rapport were viewed as a progressive approximation whereby the subject, driven by the operation of Truth, passes from one figure of knowledge having proved its falsity , its insufficiency to another that is much closer to Truth, etc until a final agreement Jacques Lacan Mythos Logos Jacques Lacan Desire is the central point or crux of the entire economy we deal with in analysis If we fail to take it into account, we are necessarily led to adopt as our only guide what is symbolized by the term reality, a reality existing in a social context. Jacques Lacan the seminars of Jacques Lacan Bibliography of Jacques Lacan s works published in French FREUDLACAN La Confrence De James Joyce comme symptme le janvier Nice Discours de Jacques Lacan l Universit de Milan The Capitalist Discourse Lacan Web.UVic RSI and the Borromean Knot Back to the top The fundamental structure in Lacanian psychoanalysis is a tripartite confluence of what Lacan called the real, the imaginary, and the symbolic orders I will define each of these in turn shortly, but first it is important to conceive of their interrelationship as the fundamental classification system around which all Lacan s theorising turns Affective Economies Lacan s Four Discourses against Affective Economies Lacan s Four Discourses against Capitalist Abstraction Ceren zseluk Yahya M Madra Paper presented at Istanbul Sehir University, Cultural Studies Talk Series June , . Courseguide tasmus_university Contact Disclaimer tst_import_date statusst_import_date Contact Disclaimer tst_import_date Discourse Discourse from Latin discursus, running to and from denotes written and spoken communications In semantics and discourse analysis Discourse is a conceptual generalization of conversation within each modality and context of communication The totality of codified language vocabulary used in a given field of intellectual enquiry and of social practice, such as legal discourse, medical Seminars Lacan in Ireland INTRODUCTION These translations were originally done for a reading group of colleagues and graduates which has met since Each translation was drafted during the summer vacation, was worked through on a weekly basis by the group and then given its present form.



Convinced that cultural criticism need not merely be an academic exercise but can help improve people s lives, Mark Bracher proposes a method of cultural criticism which is based on the principles of psychoanalytic treatment and which aims to alter subjectivity and behavior.In this forceful and engagingly written book, Bracher first accounts for the failure of contemporaryConvinced that cultural criticism need not merely be an academic exercise but can help improve people s lives, Mark Bracher proposes a method of cultural criticism which is based on the principles of psychoanalytic treatment and which aims to alter subjectivity and behavior.In this forceful and engagingly written book, Bracher first accounts for the failure of contemporary cultural criticism to achieve significant social impact He then offers a model of analysis that draws on Lacan s theoretical insights into the structure of subjectivity and the psychological functions of discourse, asserting that the use of this model can promote collective psychological change While cultural criticism has generally focused on texts, Bracher instead analyzes audiences actual responses to a variety of discourses from high as well as popular culture the political speeches of Ronald Reagan and Jesse Jackson, anti abortion propaganda, pornography, Keats s To Autumn, and Conrad s Heart of Darkness Through analyzing these responses, Bracher is able to uncover the unconscious identifications and fantasies of the respondents an intervention that, he argues, has the potential for altering subjectivity In his view, such a method of cultural criticism is both unusually powerful and ethnically defensible, since instead of attacking or upholding a group s values, it reveals the psychological conflicts manifest in responses to particular texts.Lacan, Discourse, and Social Change will be essential reading for students as well as specialists in such fields as cultural criticism, feminist theory, literary theory, psychoanalytic criticism, reader response criticism, reader response criticism, and Lacanian theory.


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