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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A difference of desire? Other editions – View all Read My Desire: The key thinkers that Copjec is interpreting in this book are Foucault and Lacan also with healthy doses of Freudand her knowledge of them is excellent. Far beyond political correctness, the book edsire theoretically correct: In Chapter 3, Copjec contemplates Henri Bergson, the death drive, and Zeno’s paradox in order to try and explain the difference between the symbolic and the real.

Instead, Copjec spends h This book is incredible.

Rezd reading list for International Women’s Day. Copjec’s argument, as I see it, is not really with Foucault or the historicist’s, despite the subtitle of the book, but with an erroneous assumption that all human desire can be rationalized and explained – historicism in particular seems to believe that, if there are gaps in this respect, it is only because we haven’t looked hard enough.


People want that love above all else, and it is this illusion of love that he gives them in return – whether he lies or not is thus irrelevant.

Instead, Copjec spends her time deep in the complexities of Lacan’s thinking, exposing obvious contradictions with historicism and Foucault’s major work. There are some interesting discussions about anxiety in this section, especially about how human beings use the symbolic order’s capacity for ritual in order to try and control the eruptions of the reead that make us anxious.

Find it on Scholar. Chapter 7 contains a masterful analysis of the “locked room” paradox in film noir. Jan 17, The Awdude rated it liked it.

The initial chapters flesh out this idea, and then Copjec proceeds to apply it to specific spheres. Read it Forward Read it first.

But this book focuses mainly on Lacanian discourse analysis and film theory the chapter on noir is outstanding. No eBook available Amazon. But mj main point Copjec wants rad 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 jy side of Lacanian theory.

The Singularity of the Cinematic Object. Refusing to cede historicity to the historicists, Copjec makes a case for the superiority of Lacan’s explanation of historical process, its generative principles, and its complex functionings. The Lost Cause of Mourning.


Read My Desire by Joan Copjec

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.

Hannes rated edsire really liked it Jun 06, The Story Behind James Vance vs. Copjec’s missteps are worth more consideration than most thinker’s most valued contributions to philosophy. Copjec’s introduction is wonderful and serves as a great mission statement for the project of this text. The Unpredictable Future of Fantasy’s Traversal. In Praise of Disobedience.

And maybe because while I read, I nod and blink, I totally dig it Copjec then launches into a very complex and hard-to-follow discussion of Lacan’s theory of sexuation and how it relates to Kant. Hayden White rated it it was amazing Jul 19, Also in Radical Thinkers. That is the essence of Chapter 1. It is the fantasy structure which allows for anything we may call an understanding.

Part of the Radical Thinkers series. Similar terrain as Desre but perhaps easier to read. Verso Books 08 March Quite early, no less.

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