domingo, 20 de setembro de 2009

Imagine There's No Woman: Ethics and Sublimation

Imagine There's No Woman: Ethics and Sublimation (Paperback)
by Joan Copjec

Paperback: 269 pages
Publisher: MIT Press; New edition edition (15 Oct 2004)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0262532700
ISBN-13: 978-0262532709

"Only classics like de Beauvoir's The Second Sex even come close to Copjec's new book." - Slavoj Zizek, philosopher and psychoanalyst, author of "The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity"

Jacques Lacan claimed that his theory of feminine sexuality, including the infamous proposition, "the Woman does not exist", constituted a revision of his earlier work on "the ethics of psychoanalysis." In Imagine There's No Woman, Joan Copjec shows how Freud's ragtag, nearly incoherent notion of sublimation was refashioned by Lacan to become the key term in his ethics. To trace the link between feminine being and Lacan's ethics of sublimation, Copjec argues, one must take the negative proposition about the woman's existence not as just another nominalist denunciation of thought's illusions about the existence of universals, but as recognition of the power of thought, which posits and gives birth to the difference of objects from themselves. While the relativist position currently dominant insists on the difference between my views and another's, Lacan insists on this difference within the object I see. The popular position fuels the disaffection with which we regard a world in a state of decomposition, whereas the Lacanian alternative urges our investment in a world that awaits our invention. Copjec explores positive acts of invention/sublimation as well as sublimation's adversary - the cruelly uncreative superego. Maintaining her focus on artistic texts, Copjec weaves her arguments through discussions of Antigone, Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills, Pasolini's Salo, the film noir classic Laura, and the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination."


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