Jouissance-'right off the scale': Lacan, sexual difference and the phallic order

Bendle, Mervyn F. (2006) Jouissance-'right off the scale': Lacan, sexual difference and the phallic order. Culture Theory & Critique, 47 (1). pp. 71-86.

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Abstract

This essay explores Lacan's analysis of sexual difference within the phallic economy as a case study in intellectual history, interpreting Lacan's work in this area as a major theoretical achievement accomplished by three critical innovations: first, Lacan radicalises two central streams of twentieth-century thought - psychoanalysis and structuralism; second, he recontextualises these within a similarly radicalised version of Hegelianism; finally, Lacan completes this reconceptualisation by contributing a set of key notions of his own that, together with the other elements, form the organising principles around which his theory operates. It defends Lacan from charges of phallocentrism and also shows that, while Lacan is aligned closely with structuralism, his theory derives much of its dynamism from the neo-Hegelianism of Alexandre Kojegraveve and other sources.

Item ID: 4648
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: history; gender
ISSN: 1473-5776
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2009 23:57
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940113 Gender and Sexualities @ 60%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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