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Beyond Sexuality
     

Beyond Sexuality

by Tim Dean
 

ISBN-10: 0226139352

ISBN-13: 9780226139357

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Beyond Sexuality points contemporary sexual politics in a radically new direction. Combining a psychoanalytic emphasis on the unconscious with a deep respect for the historical variability of sexual identities, this original work of queer theory makes the case for viewing erotic desire as fundamentally impersonal. Tim Dean develops a reading of Jacques Lacan

Overview

Beyond Sexuality points contemporary sexual politics in a radically new direction. Combining a psychoanalytic emphasis on the unconscious with a deep respect for the historical variability of sexual identities, this original work of queer theory makes the case for viewing erotic desire as fundamentally impersonal. Tim Dean develops a reading of Jacques Lacan that—rather than straightening out this notoriously difficult French psychoanalyst—brings out the queer tensions and productive incoherencies in his account of desire.

Dean shows how the Lacanian unconscious "deheterosexualizes" desire, and along the way he reveals how psychoanalytic thinkers as well as queer theorists have failed to exploit the full potential of this conception of desire. The book elaborates this by investigating social fantasies about homosexuality and AIDS, including gay men's own fantasies about sex and promiscuity, in an attempt to illuminate the challenges facing safe-sex education. Taking on many shibboleths in contemporary psychoanalysis and queer theory—and taking no prisoners—Beyond Sexuality offers an antidote to hagiographical strains in recent work on psychoanalysis, Foucault, and sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226139357
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Beyond the Couch
1. How to Read Lacan
2. Transcending Gender
3. The Psychoanalysis of AIDS
4. Safe-Sex Education and the Death Drive
5. Bodies That Mutter
6. Lacan Meets Queer Theory
Conclusion: The Ineluctability of Sublimation
References
Index of Names
Index of Psychoanalytic Concepts
 

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