Perversion and the Social Relation: sic IV

Perversion and the Social Relation: sic IV

by Molly Anne Rothenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822330970

ISBN-13: 9780822330974

Pub. Date: 05/21/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The masochist, the voyeur, the sadist, the sodomite, the fetishist, the pedophile, and the necrophiliac all expose hidden but essential elements of the social relation. Arguing that the concept of perversion, usually stigmatized, ought rather to be understood as a necessary stage in the development of all non-psychotic subjects, the essays in Perversion and the

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The masochist, the voyeur, the sadist, the sodomite, the fetishist, the pedophile, and the necrophiliac all expose hidden but essential elements of the social relation. Arguing that the concept of perversion, usually stigmatized, ought rather to be understood as a necessary stage in the development of all non-psychotic subjects, the essays in Perversion and the Social Relation consider the usefulness of the category of the perverse for exploring how social relations are formed, maintained, and transformed.

By focusing on perversion as a psychic structure rather than as aberrant behavior, the contributors provide an alternative to models of social interpretation based on classical Oedipal models of maturation and desire. At the same time, they critique claims that the perverse is necessarily subversive or liberating. In their lucid introduction, the editors explain that while fixation at the stage of the perverse can result in considerable suffering for the individual and others, perversion motivates social relations by providing pleasure and fulfilling the psychological need to put something in the place of the Father. The contributors draw on a variety of psychoanalytic perspectives—Freudian and Lacanian—as well as anthropology, history, literature, and film. From Slavoj Žižek's meditation on “the politics of masochism” in David Fincher's movie Fight Club through readings of works including William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner, Don DeLillo’s White Noise, and William Burroughs's Cities of the Red Night, the essays collected here illuminate perversion's necessary role in social relations.

Contributors. Michael P. Bibler, Dennis A. Foster, Bruce Fink, Octave Mannoni, E. L. McCallum, James Penney, Molly Anne Rothenberg, Nina Schwartz, Slavoj Žižek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822330974
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/21/2003
Series:
[sic] Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction. Beneath the Skin: Perversion and Social Analysis / Molly Anne Rothenberg and Dennis Foster 1

Fatal West: W. S. Burrough's Perverse Destiny / Dennis Foster 15

Perversion / Bruce Fink 38

“I Know Well, But All the Same . . .” / Octave Mannoni 68

Exotic Rituals and Family Values in Exotica / Nina Schwartz 93

The Ambiguity of the Masochist Social Link / Slavoj Zizek 112

Confessions of a Medieval Sodomite / James Penney 126

“As If Set Free into Another Land”: Homosexuality, Rebellion, and Community in William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner / Michael P. Bibler 159

Contamination's Germinations / E. L. McCallum 187

Works Cited 211

Contributors 217

Index 219

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