Reading Seminar XX: Lacan's Major Work on Love, Knowledge, and Feminine Sexuality

Reading Seminar XX: Lacan's Major Work on Love, Knowledge, and Feminine Sexuality

Bruce Fink


Examines Lacan's key seminar on sexual distinction, wisdom, hope, and love.

This assortment bargains the 1st sustained, in-depth remark on Seminar XX, Encore, thought of the cornerstone of Lacan's paintings at the subject matters of sexual distinction, wisdom, jouissance, and love. even if Seminar XX used to be initially popularized as Lacan's treatise on female sexuality, those essays, by way of a few of modern prime Lacanian students, transcend female sexuality to deal with Lacan's major intertwining hindrance with the rupture among fact and the genuine produced by way of sleek technological know-how, and the consequences of this rupture for subjectivity, wisdom, jouissance, and the body.

The essays make clear easy ideas, yet for readers already acquainted with Lacan additionally they supply subtle workings-through of the more difficult and imprecise arguments in Encore—both through tracing their historic improvement throughout Lacan's œuvre and through demonstrating their relation to specific philosophical, theological, mathematical, and clinical recommendations. They hide a lot of the terrain helpful for knowing sexual difference—not when it comes to chromosomes, physique components, number of sexual associate, or forms of sexual practice—but when it comes to one's place vis-à-vis the opposite and the type of jouissance one is ready to receive. In so doing, they make major interventions within the debates concerning intercourse, gender, and sexuality in feminist conception, philosophy, queer concept, and cultural stories.

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