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Lacan, Psychoanalysis, and Comedy


Patricia Gherovici, Manya Steinkoler, Dany Nobus, Patricia Gherovici, Marcel Drach, Jean Michel Rabaté, Jamieson Webster, Carol Owens, Geoff Boucher, Matthew Sharpe, Molly Rothenberg, Sigi Jöttkandt, Alenka Zupančič, Simon Critchley
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  • Date Published: October 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107086173

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  • This collection of essays explores laughter, humor, and the comic from a psychoanalytic perspective. Edited by two leading practicing psychoanalysts and with original contributions from Lacanian practitioners and scholars, this cutting-edge volume proposes a paradigm swerve, a Freudian slip on a banana peel. Psychoanalysis has long been associated with tragedy and there is a strong warrant to take up comedy as a more productive model for psychoanalytic practice and critique. Jokes and the comic have not received nearly as much consideration as they deserve given the fundamental role they play in our psychic lives and the way they unite the fields of aesthetics, literature, and psychoanalysis. Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy addresses this lack and opens up the discussion.

    • A cutting-edge volume which proposes a new paradigm of comedy
    • Includes original contributions from leading psychoanalytic scholars and practitioners of the literary world
    • Written in an accessible and scholarly style
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    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107086173
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Patricia Gherovici and Manya Steinkoler
    Part I. The Laughing Cure:
    1. Sarah's laughter: where babies and humor come from Manya Steinkoler
    2. Psychoanalysis as Gai Saber: towards a new episteme of laughter Dany Nobus
    3. Laughing about nothing: Democritus and Lacan Patricia Gherovici
    4. The surplus jouissance of the joke: from Freud to Lacan Marcel Drach
    5. Can you spare a laugh? Lacan, Freud, and Marx on the economy of jokes Jean Michel Rabaté
    6. Mother Pumper and the analyst's donuts Jamieson Webster
    7. Not in the humor: bulimic dreams Carol Owens
    Part II. Comedy on the Couch:
    8. Psychoanalysis and tragicomedy: Measure for Measure after Zizek's Lacanian dialectics Geoff Boucher
    9. Comedy and the agency of the letter in A Midsummer Night's Dream Matthew Sharpe
    10. Jane Austen's wit-craft Molly Rothenberg
    11. The sexual politics of comedy: Henry James's 'The Chaperon' Sigi Jöttkandt
    12. Power in the closet: and its coming out Alenka Zupančič
    Part III. He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Last: Epilogue: repetition, repetition, repetition: Richard Prince and the three R's Simon Critchley.

  • Editors

    Patricia Gherovici, Apres-Coup Psychoanalytic Association, New York
    Patricia Gherovici is a psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor and faculty at Apres-Coup Psychoanalytic Association, New York. She is co-founder and director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group.

    Manya Steinkoler, Manhattan College, New York
    Manya Steinkoler teaches literature, film and psychoanalytic theory at the Borough of Manhattan Community College where she is Associate Professor. She is a psychoanalyst and member of Apres Coup and Espace Analytique, Paris.


    Patricia Gherovici, Manya Steinkoler, Dany Nobus, Patricia Gherovici, Marcel Drach, Jean Michel Rabaté, Jamieson Webster, Carol Owens, Geoff Boucher, Matthew Sharpe, Molly Rothenberg, Sigi Jöttkandt, Alenka Zupančič, Simon Critchley

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