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.
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 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.
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 Rabate; 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 Joettkandt; 12. Power in the closet: and its coming out Alenka Zupancic; Part III. He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Last: Epilogue: repetition, repetition, repetition: Richard Prince and the three R's Simon Critchley.