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Jean Laplanche (1924–2012) was one of Europe’s most distinguished and influential psychoanalytic thinkers. The essays collected in this volume explore Laplanche’s distinctive critical approach to textuality and interpretation, and map the usefulness of his metapsychological theory for cultural reflection and analysis. The collection brings together work by scholars and clinicians from France, the United Kingdom and the United States. The contributions discuss the implications of Laplanche’s thought for the reading and interpretation of cultural products – literature, the visual arts and film. The book explores, among other things: Laplanche’s distinctive methodology and its metapsychological implications; the central Laplanchean notion of enigmatic signification and its effects in relation to cultural texts; and the psychoanalytic question of femininity and feminine desire in light of the general theory of seduction. Both international and interdisciplinary, this is the first anthology of critical and cultural readings organised around Laplanche’s metapsychology and inspired by his interpretative methodology. With essays by Laplanche himself, as well as Judith Butler and Jacques André, this volume represents both a theoretical engagement with psychoanalysis and an interpretation of cultural production and critical analysis.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 11-13
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  1. Introduction: Seductions And Enigmas: Laplanche, Reading, Theory
  2. John Fletcher, Nicholas Ray
  3. pp. 14-52
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  1. Reading and Interpretation: Laplanche and the Case of Freud
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. 1. Interpreting (with) Freud
  2. Jean Laplanche
  3. pp. 55-70
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  1. 2. Exigency and Going-Astray
  2. Jean Laplanche
  3. pp. 71-76
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  1. 3. Sublimation and/or Inspiration
  2. Jean Laplanche
  3. pp. 77-104
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  1. Seduction, Sexuality, Gender
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. 4. Primal Femininity
  2. pp. 107-117
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  1. 5. Seduction, Gender and the Drive
  2. Judith Butler
  3. pp. 118-134
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  1. Seductions, Enigmas, Literary Texts
  2. pp. 135-136
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  1. 6. Culture, Cognition and Jean Laplanche’s Enigmatic Signifier
  2. Allyson Stack
  3. pp. 137-158
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  1. 7. Gothic’s Enigmatic Signifier: the Case of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla
  2. Mike Davis
  3. pp. 159-175
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  1. 8. The Ides of March: From Mastery to Vampirism
  2. Éric-Pierre Toubiana
  3. pp. 176-208
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  1. 9. The Scenography of Trauma: a ‘Copernican’ Reading of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King
  2. John Fletcher
  3. pp. 209-240
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  1. Seduction and Effraction in the Visual and Aural Fields
  2. pp. 241-242
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  1. 10. Breast-feeding as Original Seduction and Primal Scene of Seduction
  2. Jacqueline Lanouzière
  3. pp. 243-265
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  1. 11. Femininity and Passivity in The Primal Scene: The Little Death Of Sardanapalus
  2. Jacques André
  3. pp. 266-295
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  1. 12. Seduction, Receptivity and the ‘Feminine’ in Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book
  2. Nicholas Ray
  3. pp. 296-325
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  1. 13. Bruce Nauman, Jean Laplanche and the Art of Helplessness
  2. Josh Cohen
  3. pp. 326-343
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 344-355
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 356-365
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781909831711
Related ISBN
9781909831087
MARC Record
OCLC
897416141
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2014-12-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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