Amorous Acts: Lacanian Ethics in Modernism, Film, and Queer Theory

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Overview

“Taking up recent debates in Lacanian theory between the “ethics of desire” and a more militant celebration of jouissance, Amorous Acts provocatively weaves these debates together with readings of some major texts of literary modernism (Forster, Woolf and Lawrence), and intervenes in contemporary discussions of queer theory, perversion, and the authentic act. This book moves debates well beyond the familiar ruts of Hegel, Saussure and sexual difference in which Lacan's thought has become mired.”—Charles Shepherdson, SUNY University of Albany
“Amorous Acts speculates on the political effects of a distinctively psychoanalytic ethics, contending that among the ruins of psychic coherence may be discerned the foundation for a new form of social organization. More perceptively than other Lacanian critics, Frances Restuccia shows how the politics of desubjectivation have been debated in queer theory for some time. Her provocative contribution to this debate, composed in relentless pursuit of a queerer world, is sure to engender controversy.”—Tim Dean, Professor of English, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

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"Taking up recent debates in Lacanian theory between the "ethics of desire" and a more militant celebration of jouissance, Amorous Acts provocatively weaves these debates together with readings of some major texts of literary modernism (Forster, Woolf and Lawrence), and intervenes in contemporary discussions of queer theory, perversion, and the authentic act. This book moves debates well beyond the familiar ruts of Hegel, Saussure and sexual difference in which Lacan's thought has become mired."—Charles Shepherdson, SUNY University of Albany

"Amorous Acts speculates on the political effects of a distinctively psychoanalytic ethics, contending that among the ruins of psychic coherence may be discerned the foundation for a new form of social organization. More perceptively than other Lacanian critics, Frances Restuccia shows how the politics of desubjectivation have been debated in queer theory for some time. Her provocative contribution to this debate, composed in relentless pursuit of a queerer world, is sure to engender controversy."—Tim Dean, Professor of English, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

"This book will—perhaps even should—sit on the shelf of every institution, academic or professional, where it will be the go-to book for those who concern themselves with these important subjects."—CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804751827
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/17/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances L. Restuccia is Professor of English at Boston College. She is author of Melancholics in Love: Representing Women's Depression and Domestic Abuse (2000) and James Joyce and the Law of the Father (1989). She is editor of the contemporary theory series at Other Press and co-chair of "Psychoanalytic Practices" at The Humanities Center at Harv

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Table of Contents

1 The paradox of Lacanian ethics : ethical erogenous zones 1
2 Modernism's Lacanian ethics : compensating for the lack of a sexual relation 28
3 Impossible love in contemporary film : mystifying hysteria 69
4 The taming of the real : Zizek's missed encounter with Kieslowski's insight 95
5 Queen Ascesis : it's a queer world, after all 119
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