In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern. In Read My Desire, Joan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and those of Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful. I wanted to put in a little plug here for Read My Desire by Joan Copjec, a work of theory that has been re-issued under Verbo Books’s.

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Read My Desire by Joan Copjec

Copjec’s argument, as I see it, is not really with Foucault or the historicist’s, despite the subtitle of the book, but with an erroneous assumption that all human desire can be rationalized and explained – historicism in particula I have read Read My Desire twice: No eBook available Amazon.

Overall, her final chapter leaves jozn lot to be desired.

Nov 08, Peter D. In Chapter 6, Copjec looks at how a politician like Ronald Reagan can repeatedly tell lies and get away with it: Critics of Trump would be wise to consider this chapter closely, and Copjec’s call for a cultural studies literate in desire more broadly. From the Trade Paperback edition. Copjec’s missteps are worth more consideration than most thinker’s most valued contributions copjev philosophy.


Brilliant thinkers can’t always be right, however. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Review of Joan Copjec’s Read My Desire: Lacan against the Historicists – UCL Discovery

Dr Zorlak rated it it was ok Sep 17, Again, Copjec argues that the policeman is too literal, too stuck in the literalness of the symbolic, whereas the detective locates desire at the point of the real, where the symbolic fails.

There is a key difference with Lacan, which is that our existence is always in relationship to an utterly unknowable Other, which provides an escape from the steel grip of the Foucaldian world.

To grossly generalize, for Foucault per Copjecthe modern ideologies leave no space for the individual. It is this failure, this absence, that once again defines the subject’s place at the intersection of the real and symbolic.

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Spatial Formations Nigel Thrift No preview available – Copjec even mentions Trump in the same breath as Reagan! Open Preview See a Problem? Ken Baumann October 29, And maybe because while I read, I nod and blink, I totally dig it Adam Geary rated it it was amazing Feb 19, I don’t see it – as much as I dislike Butler, I agree with her that masculine m feminine belong firmly to the realm of the symbolic.


Copjec is at her worst making baffling conflations of indeterminate terms.

Georgette rated it liked it Mar 17, The 6th chapter, in particular, deserves special attention in the age of Trump. History of Western Philosophy. People want that love above all else, and it is this illusion of love that he gives them in return – whether he lies or not is thus irrelevant.

Want desirre Read saving…. Jan 17, The Awdude rated it liked it. In Read My DesireJoan Copjec stages a confrontation between the theories of Jacques Lacan and those of Michel Foucault, protagonists of two powerful modern disciplines—psychoanalysis and historicism.

Pits the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan against the historicist approach of Michel Foucault to develop a profound critique of historicism. Jacques Lacan in Continental Philosophy.

Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists

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