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Overview

What if Jacques Lacan--the brilliant and eccentric Parisian psychoanalyst--had worked as a police detective, applying his theories to solve crimes? This may conjure up a mental film clip starring Peter Sellers in a trench coat, but in Lacan at the Scene, Henry Bond makes a serious and provocative claim: that apparently impenetrable events of violent death can be more effectively unraveled with Lacan's theory of psychoanalysis than with elaborate,
technologically advanced forensic tools. Bond's exposition on murder expands and develops a resolutely Žižekian approach. Seeking out radical and unexpected readings, Bond unpacks his material utilizing Lacan's neurosis-psychosis-perversion grid.

Bond places
Lacan at the crime scene and builds his argument through a series of archival crime scene photographs from the 1950s--the period when Lacan was developing his influential theories. It is not the horror of the ravished and mutilated corpses that draws his attention; instead, he interrogates seemingly minor details from the everyday, isolating and rephotographing what at first seems insignificant: a single high heeled shoe on a kitchen table, for example, or carefully folded clothes placed over a chair. From these mundane details he carefully builds a robust and comprehensive manual for Lacanian crime investigation that can stand beside the FBI's standard-issue
Crime Classification Manual.

The MIT Press

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" Lacan at the Scene is a brilliant, ground-breaking work that will appeal to cultural practitioners and theorists, and to everybody interested in the dialogue between psychoanalysis and visual studies." -- Viola Brisolin,
European Legacy

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262013420
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2009
  • Series: Short Circuits Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Bond is a writer and photographer living in London.

Slavoj Žižek is a philosopher and cultural critic. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular
Culture
, The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity,
The Parallax View, and (with John Milbank) The Monstrosity of Christ:
Paradox or Dialect
, these four published by the MIT Press.

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