Perversion and the Social Relation: sic IV ([sic] Series)

Perversion and the Social Relation: sic IV ([sic] Series)

By: Slavoj Zizek (editor), Dennis A. Foster (editor), Molly Anne Rothenberg (editor)Paperback

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The masochist, the voyeur, the sadist, the sodomite, the fetishist, the pedophile, and the necrophiliac all expose hidden but essential elements of the social relation. Arguing that the concept of perversion, usually stigmatized, ought rather to be understood as a necessary stage in the development of all non-psychotic subjects, the essays in Perversion and the Social Relation consider the usefulness of the category of the perverse for exploring how social relations are formed, maintained, and transformed.By focusing on perversion as a psychic structure rather than as aberrant behavior, the contributors provide an alternative to models of social interpretation based on classical Oedipal models of maturation and desire. At the same time, they critique claims that the perverse is necessarily subversive or liberating. In their lucid introduction, the editors explain that while fixation at the stage of the perverse can result in considerable suffering for the individual and others, perversion motivates social relations by providing pleasure and fulfilling the psychological need to put something in the place of the Father. The contributors draw on a variety of psychoanalytic perspectives-Freudian and Lacanian-as well as anthropology, history, literature, and film. From Slavoj Zizek's meditation on "the politics of masochism" in David Fincher's movie Fight Club through readings of works including William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner, Don DeLillo's White Noise, and William Burroughs's Cities of the Red Night, the essays collected here illuminate perversion's necessary role in social relations. Contributors. Michael P. Bibler, Dennis A. Foster, Bruce Fink, Octave Mannoni, E. L. McCallum, James Penney, Molly Anne Rothenberg, Nina Schwartz, Slavoj Zizek

About Author

Molly Anne Rothenberg is Associate of English and Co-Director of the Literature Program at Tulane University. She is a practicing psychoanalyst and the author of Re-Thinking Blake's Textuality. Dennis A. Foster is Frensley Professor of English at Southern Methodist University. He is author of Confession and Complicity in Narrative and Sublime Enjoyment. Slavoj Zizek is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is the author of many books, and editor of Cogito and the Unconscious, Gaze and Voice as Love Objects (coedited), and Tarrying with the Negative, all published by Duke University Press.


Acknowledgments ix Introduction. Beneath the Skin: Perversion and Social Analysis / Molly Anne Rothenberg and Dennis Foster 1 Fatal West: W. S. Burrough's Perverse Destiny / Dennis Foster 15 Perversion / Bruce Fink 38 "I Know Well, But All the Same . . ." / Octave Mannoni 68 Exotic Rituals and Family Values in Exotica / Nina Schwartz 93 The Ambiguity of the Masochist Social Link / Slavoj Zizek 112 Confessions of a Medieval Sodomite / James Penney 126 "As If Set Free into Another Land": Homosexuality, Rebellion, and Community in William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner / Michael P. Bibler 159 Contamination's Germinations / E. L. McCallum 187 Works Cited 211 Contributors 217 Index 219

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  • ISBN13: 9780822330974
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780822330974
  • weight: 408
  • ISBN10: 0822330970

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