In b /b b i History After Lacan, /i /b Teresa Brennan argues that Jacques Lacan was not an ahistorical post-structuralist. She tells the story of a social psychosis, beginning with a discussion of Lacan's neglected theory of history which argued that we are in the grip of a psychotic's era which began in the seventeenth century and climaxes in the present. br br By extending and elaborating on Lacan's theory, Brennan develops a general theory of modernity. Contrary to postmodern assumptions, she argues, we need a general historical explanation. An understanding of historical dynamics is essential if we are to make the connections between the outstanding facts of modernity--ethnocentrism, the relation between the sexes, and ecological catastrophe. br br A challenging feminist, interdisciplinary study, b /b b i History After Lacan /i /b will be essential reading for social, cultural, and political theorists, historians, psychoanalysts, and literary theorists.
"Ranging from Marx and Spinoza through Freud, Lacan and contemporary feminist theory, Brennan offers a new direction for rethinking the relation between psychoanalysis and Marxism by detailing a theory of social psychosis, and strengthening the critique of atomistic egoism through a further formulation of her theory of energetic relationality."
-Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley
"This is a really original book--an extraordinary accomplishment."
-Anthony Giddens, University of Cambridge
..."this innovative andimportant book will make worthwhile reading for anyone enagged in the theory or practice of social science."
-"Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society