In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern. In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and those of Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful. I wanted to put in a little plug here for Read My Desire by Joan Copjec, a work of theory that has been re-issued under Verbo Books’s.

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The Other Side of the Canvas: For me, Chapter 4, with its amazing critique of utilitarianism, is the argument’s high point, a genuinely original and innovative argument that has enormous consequences for how we can counter the devastating effects of utilitarianism on our world. In Chapter 6, Copjec looks at how a politician like Ronald Reagan can repeatedly tell lies and get away with it: In Lacanian psychoanalysis, by contrast, the subject is something that fails to come into discourse, that is detectable only by the hole that it leaves in language.

As an added bonus, I just learned on the Web that Copjec is working on a book about the filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. As heart-stopping as Copjec’s introduction is, Foucault is less involved in this text than one might realize.

Find it on Scholar. I imagine her sense of vindication is a vexed one.

Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists by Joan Copjec

The key thinkers that Copjec is interpreting in this book are Foucault and Lacan also with healthy doses of Freudand her knowledge of them is excellent. Anara Munkhjin rated it liked it Apr 26, Jennifer Murray 23 March Hardcoverpages. Michelle rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Nov 08, Peter D. Copjec interweaves these pictures with a meditation on how utilitarianism and functionalism have changed architecture buildings are now defined primarily by their usean attitude that spills over into clothing, and then into the functionalist definition of humanity itself, which now becomes defined by useful work – clothing, in this perspective, becomes merely a decorative and inessential supplement.


I’m not at all convinced that this is Foucault’s position, especially in light of his essay “Nietzsche, Genealogy, History,” which does take into account the importance of contingency.

As a sociologist, I now feel that I need some more Lacan, and if this is not a compliment to Copjec’s masterful tour de force, I don’t know what is. Copjec aligns the primal father of Freud’s Totem and Taboothe death drive, and the generative principle of a given society as opposed to its ‘cultural content’ as extra-discursive figures of a different order of what they precipitate the society of equal brothers, the pleasure principle, and the aforementioned cultural content respectively.

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A different way of approaching authority and the symbolic order? I would much prefer a big failure to a small success. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Psychoanalysis is, Joan Copjec’s book almost feels like a class in Lacan—using many of his key ideas to discuss stuff ranging from Bergsonian time, to utilitarianism, to vampires, to Judith Butler, to detective fiction and noir film, Lacan is championed as the savior of psychoanalysis, insisting that only the Lacanian psychoanalytic approach will acquaint us with our limitations, and the nature of our freedom as modern subjects.

Katie Glanz rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Similar terrain as Zizek but perhaps easier to read. This article has no associated abstract.


Copjec’s book does require some background knowledge of both Lacan and Foucault, but compared to many other similar titles it is clearly written and accessible.

Matthew Sharpe – – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Read My Desire Lacan Against the Historicists

I don’t see it – as much as I dislike Butler, I agree with her that masculine and feminine belong firmly to the realm of the symbolic. Here, the crucial tension desrie not within petty bickering between viewpoints so much as in any symbolic order, both the subject and the symbolic peerage remain incomplete.

Mathews rated it it was amazing Dec 16, Richard Boothby – – Continental Philosophy Review 46 2: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Still, just cojec every one has some value.

Pits the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan against the historicist approach of Michel Foucault to develop a profound critique of historicism.

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John Wayne Was a Deesire September 12, We are experiencing technical difficulties. Again, Copjec shows that this conception of the subject as the product of the gaze of the law means that the subject is located purely within the realm of the symbolic. Verso Books 03 September Foucault is sect, what with his groovy modalities of power and what not, but the fact is that the entire Foucauldian oeuvre is covered in about one-fourth of the Ecrits. Quite early, no less.

Copjec even mentions Trump in the same breath as Reagan!