Pink Herrings engages in a re-examination of six of Freud's cases via Lacan's account of sexuation. Specifi cally, the book outlines a theoretical framework in which sexuation is understood as a 'choice' made in response to the fact of the sexual non relationship. In making this choice, unconscious fantasy allows for the circulation of object a, which bear traces of jouissance. Drawing upon Lacan's distinction between phallic and other jouissance, Pink Herrings examines the four positions outlined in Lacan's formula of sexuation, and maps these onto the six case studies. In so doing, Pink Herrings not only brings new life and insights to the cases, but also clears a path to what is referred to as a 'clinic of sexuation'. Such a clinic would not replace existing Lacanian psychoanalytic practice (with its focus on the structures of neurosis, perversion and psychosis), but instead provide additional avenues through which to explore the operations of fantasy.
'The wall between the sexes has known the fate of the Berlin wall. We are still clearing the rubble. Damien W. Riggs's forceful and original intervention in psychoanalysis makes us change our views of sex, gender, and sexuality brought to us by the "French Freud," a.k.a. Lacan - above all, we will learn why he now must be called "Pink Freud".'--Patricia Gherovici, psychoanalyst and author of Please Select Your Gender
Series: The Lines of the Symbolic Series
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 6th November 2015