1st Edition

Lacan and Critical Feminism
Subjectivity, Sexuation, and Discourse

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ISBN 9780367197094
December 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
228 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book takes a critical feminist approach to Lacan’s fundamental concepts, merging discourse and sexuation theories in a novel way for both psychoanalysis and feminism, and exploring the possibility of a feminist subject within a non-masculine logic.

In Lacan and Critical Feminism, Carusi merges Lacan’s theories of discourse and sexuation, not only from a gender/sexuality angle, but also from a literary, feminist, and women’s studies framework. By drawing examples from literature, film, art, and socio-political movements to focus on discourse and sexuation, the text examines how tropes impact the subject’s positionality within any discourse mode. The book also uses women’s collective experience and action to illustrate ways that women have repositioned dominant narratives discursively.

This text represents essential reading for researchers interested in the relationship between Lacan and feminist theory.

Table of Contents


1.1 Critical Theories of Discourse

1.2 The Chapters: Their Theoretical Concepts and Objects

CHAPTER 2: The Troped Body

2.1 The Hysterical Symptom and Its Inscription on the Body

2.2 Metaphor, Always behind the Throne of Metonymy

2.3 Metonymy, The Articulation of Desire

2.4 The Materiality of the Letter (to which we will return)

2.5 The Gaze and the L Schema

2.6 Affect: Shame and Guilt

2.7 Shame, the ‘Feminine’ Position, and the Letter

2.8 The Letter Conflated with Woman, a Problematic

CHAPTER 3: Woman as Metonymy; Or, Woman Is Not Your Manqué L’Être 3.1 Woman as Metaphor

3.2 The Problematic of Woman as Essence

3.3 Woman as Metonymy

3.4 Contiguity and Refiguration: Irigaray and Her Critics

3.5 Speaking as Woman: The Discursive Limitations of Enjoyment and the Discursive Enjoyment of Limitations

3.6 A Metonymic Disfiguration of Masculinist Syntax

3.7 Jouissance and Ethical Extimacy

CHAPTER 4: Myth, Truth, and Non-Phallic Sexuation

4.1 Lacan’s Sexuation Graph

4.2 The First Revolution: Towards a Discursive Signification of Desire’s Metonymy

4.3 Freud’s Dream, the Dethroning of the Father, and Myth

4.4 The Ethics of the Hysteric’s Discourse and the Labor of Desire

4.5 The Master Signifier Replaces the Phallic Symbol in the Sexuation Graph

4.6 The Fading of Masculinist Logic: Aphanisis and Metonymic Identifications


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Rahna McKey Carusi, Educational Developer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Centre for Teaching and Learning, Massey University, New Zealand