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Lacan and the Limits of Language (Hardcover)

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This book weaves together three themes at the intersection of Lacan and the philosophical tradition. The first is the question of time and memory. How do the problems of time and memory call for a revision of Lacan's purported "ahistoricism," and how does the temporality of the subject, in Lacan, intersect with the questions of temporality initiated by Heidegger and then developed by contemporary French philosophy? The second question concerns the status of the body in Lacanian theory. This book considers the problem of the body especially in connection with emotion and affect, which Lacanian theory is commonly thought to ignore, but which the concept of jouissance was developed to address. Finally, it aims to explore, beyond the strict limits of Lacanian theory, some possible points of intersection between psychoanalysis and other domains, including questions of race, biology and evolutionary theory.By stressing the question of affect, the book shows how Lacan's position cannot be reduced to the structuralist models he nevertheless draws upon, and thus how the problem of the body may be understood as a formation that marks the limits of language. By exploring the anthropological category of "race," understood within a broadly evolutionary perspective, it shows how Lacan's elaboration of the "imaginary" and the "symbolic" might allow us to explain human physiological diversity without reducing it to a cultural or linguistic construction or allowing "race" to remain as a traditional biological category. Here again the questions of history and temporality are paramount, and open the possibility for a genuine dialogue between psychoanalysis and biology.Finally, book broaches theseinterdisciplinary problems within a serious engagement with literary texts. Antigone, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Hamlet, and ev


Publisher Fordham Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780823227662
SKU 203959739
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0823227669
Release Date 1/21/2013
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0222
Publisher Fordham University Press
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