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Amorous Acts Lacanian Ethics in Modernism, Film, and Queer Theory

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ISBN-10: 080475182X

ISBN-13: 9780804751827

Edition: 2006

Authors: Frances L. Restuccia

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Amorous Actsillustrates the value of psychoanalytic theory for comprehending relationships, experiences, art, politics, and all sorts of human interactions. More specifically, it employs psychoanalysis to show how queer theory is operating to effect a non-heterosexist social order. Although the Lacanian subject in Love can only experience his/her self-shattering, Lacan's concept of Love is seen here as politically useful. This study breaks down Lacanian Love into three different forms and tries to unveil the danger, as well as especially the cultural potential, of the most intense of these variations. To arrive at this position,Amorous Actsfirst works out the meaning of Lacan's “ethics of desire” by analyzing several modern British novels (by E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, and Graham Greene), as well as some contemporary films (Breaking the Waves,Seventh Heaven, andDamage) and then by arguing with Zizek through a reading of Kieslowski's film “White”. Finally, queer theory as it has been brought into being by Foucault, Halperin, Bersani, Butler, and Edelman is put into relation with Lacan's notion of the authentic act. Queer theory engages Lacan's conception of self-shattering Love to traverse the pernicious fundamental fantasy of heterosexist reproduction.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 7/17/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The Paradox of Lacanian Ethics: Ethical Erogenous Zones
Modernism's Lacanian Ethics: Compensating for the Lack of a Sexual Relation
Impossible Love in Contemporary Film: Mystifying Hysteria
The Taming of the Real: Zizek's Missed Encounter with Kieslowski's Insight
Queer Ascesis: It's a Queer World, After All
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