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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Books by Joan Copjec. Governance and Cultural Authority. Brilliant thinkers can’t always be right, however.

Feb 06, Andrew Fairweather rated it really liked it Shelves: Intercourse and sexual difference must be taken differently, outside of the linguistic accident that one word, ‘sex,’ can refer to both. In her final chapter, she uses Lacan’s articulation of sexual intercourse to make a critique of sexual difference. This article has no associated abstract.

Read My Desire Lacan Against the Historicists

Lacan Against the Historicists. The final section, Chapter 8, is an extended rumination on sexual difference via Judith Butler and Immanuel Kant.

Copjec argues that the media attacks on Reagan could never destroy the object athe object cause of desire, that made American’s love him.

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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. Psychoanalysis is, according the Copjec, the way in which the subject comes to an understanding of themself, even if the understanding is more often a very crude one.


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It is a desire that cannot be rationalized: Again, Copjec shows that this conception of the subject as the product of the gaze of the law means that the subject is located purely within the realm of the symbolic. The Imaginary, Language, the Real and Philosophy. Part of the Radical Thinkers series.

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Lists with This Book. Anara Munkhjin rated it liked it Apr 26, For the first time, an American author has taken Lacan seriously, relegating to well-deserved irrelevance the prevailing appropriation of the Lacanian theory by cultural studies. Request removal from index. Copjec interweaves these pictures with a meditation on how utilitarianism and functionalism have changed architecture buildings are now defined primarily by their usean attitude that spills over into clothing, and then into the functionalist definition of humanity itself, which now becomes defined by useful work – clothing, in this perspective, becomes merely a decorative and inessential supplement.

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Nov 18, Matthew rated it it was amazing. Jun 09, Pages. In particular, there is a large dose of film theory in this book, as well as an excellent chapter on the colonial photographs of G.

Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists by Joan Copjec

Bring Your Sweet Loving January 18, Similar terrain as Zizek but perhaps easier to read. Far beyond political correctness, the book is theoretically correct: Copkec Books 08 March Tim Schoettle rated it it was amazing Aug 05, I can’t say I fully understood this book, and yet, as a Foucauldian, this book is no less than a sheer revelation.

The initial chapters flesh out this idea, and then Copjec proceeds to apply it to specific spheres. Hardcoverpages. Chris Coffman – – Angelaki 18 4: Copjec desige her readers in achieving these goals.


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 desirw. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The Longest Take by Matthew M. Bert Olivier – – Janus Head 8 2: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Hayden White rated it it was amazing Jul 19, Heather rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Adam Geary rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Michelle rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Copjec brilliantly shows how utilitarianism begins from an erroneous assumption about what human beings ought “rationally” to want, a logic that it then uses to justify tyranny the tyrant, out of a perverse sense of “care,” commands subjects to learn to do “what is good for them” and imperalism with the colonizer using the same tyrannical logic on joab peoples.

I understand the failure part, but I remain baffled as to why this equates to sexual difference. In Chapter 6, Copjec looks at how a politician like Ronald Reagan can repeatedly tell lies and get away with it: No eBook available Amazon. The Singularity of the Cinematic Object.