In "History After Lacan, " 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.
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.
A challenging feminist, interdisciplinary study, "History After Lacan" 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
|Series Preface||p. ix|
|Texts and Translations||p. xvi|
|The Problem||p. 3|
|The Ego's Era||p. 26|
|The Foundational Fantasy||p. 79|
|From the Reserve Army of Labour to the Standing Reserve of Nature||p. 118|
|Conclusion: Time and Exploitation||p. 166|
|Appendix: The Labour Theory of Value and the Subject-Object Distinction||p. 197|
|Works Cited||p. 218|
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Series: Opening Out
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16th December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 15.7 x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1